Lions v Glasgow: Rory Darge returns after long injury lay-off

Ayrshire Bulls winger Elias Cavan and Scotland prop Allan Dell to make their debuts for Franco Smith's side

Rory Darge will make his comeback from injury for Glasgow Warriors versus the Lions tomorrow afternoon. Image: © Craig Watson -
Rory Darge will make his comeback from injury for Glasgow Warriors versus the Lions tomorrow afternoon. Image: © Craig Watson -

RORY DARGE will make his comeback after four and a half month out with an ankle injury after being named at openside flanker for Glasgow Warriors in their re-arranged URC clash against the Lions in Johannesburg tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile, Elias Cavan – a Super6 player with Ayrshire Bulls – will make his debut for the pro side on the wing, and Scotland international prop Allan Dell is set to make his debut for the club off the bench after missing the start of the season through injury.

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Ally Miller joins Darge in a revamped back-row at blindside flanker for his first outing of the campaign, and centre Sam Johnson will make his 100th appearance for the club.

“Tomorrow is an opportunity for us to show the progression we have made across this season so far,” said head coach Franco Smith. “To be a great team you need to be a great squad, and the 23 players we have selected know that they represent everyone at this club when they run out onto the field.

“I would also like to congratulate Sam on his 100th appearance for the club – he is someone who always gives everything he has to the team and sets a strong example to his team-mates.”

Glasgow Warriors (v Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday @ 2.15pm UK time): J McKay; C Forbes, S McDowall©, S Johnson, E Cavan; T Jordan, J Dobie; N McBeth, J Matthews, L Sordoni, L Bean, S Cummings, A Miller, R Darge, S Vailanu, J. Substitutes: A Fraser, A Dell, S Berghan, J Du Preez, E Ferrie, T Gordon, S Kennedy, D Weir.


Unavailable for selection: Sebastian Cancelliere (knee), Sintu Manjezi (knee), Jack Mann (head), Enrique Pieretto (chest), Ross Thompson (ankle), Murphy Walker (neck), Ryan Wilson (knee).

International duty: Jamie Bhatti, Fraser Brown, Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray, George Horne, Huw Jones, Ali Price, Ollie Smith, Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu.

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  1. I’m delighted to see Ally Miller finally getting a chance. He really impressed me while at Edinburgh but has hardly had a look in at Glasgow. Hope he has a good game tomorrow.

  2. The news just gets better for Glasgow with the return of Rory Darge. By the way, is it just me whose comments almost invariably disappear into moderation, often never to reappear? Don’t know what I’ve done exactly, but it doesn’t encourage contribution or a flowing dialogue.

  3. Rory Darge, an important addition to the international squad if he plays at the level before his injury. Would be my choice in a Scotland starting xv

    • Agree he’s almost Hamish turned up to 11 if such a thing is possible. Shame the timing wasn’t better for 6n but hopefully he’s right at it for RWC!!

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