GLASGOW WARRIORS head coach Danny Wilson has made two changes to his pack and two changes to his backline for tomorrow [Saturday] evening’s European Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Lyon at Matmut Stadium de Gerland.
Sam Johnson returns at inside-centre having been benched last weekend against the Bulls after struggling during the build-up with an ankle injury, while Ross Thompson replaces the injured Duncan Weir at stand-off.
Up-front, Ally Miller takes over from the injured Rory Darge at openside flanker, and the in-form Johnny Matthews returns at hooker having been rested last weekend.
Wilson has gone with a six-two split on the bench, where back-row Gregor Brown – an academy player who will become a senior squad member in the summer – is set to make his first appearance since suffering a serious knee injury just over a year ago.
“After two tough league matches we resume our European campaign and look to build on our good performance against Newcastle,” said Wilson. “Lyon are a side who have a number of threats across the park and are very consistent at home.
“We want to be playing at this level and testing ourselves against the best sides in Europe and this weekend’s game gives us that chance.
“Returning from South Africa we’ve had a good week of training and we’re looking forward to taking on Lyon tomorrow evening.”
Glasgow Warriors (v Lyon at Matmut Stadium de Gerland, Saturday @8pm): O Smith; J McKay, S Tuipulotu, S Johnson, C Forbes; R Thompson, A Price; J Bhatti, J Matthews, Z Fagerson, R Harley, R Gray, R Wilson©, A Miller, J Dempsey. Substitutes: G Turner, N McBeth, S Berghan, L Bean, K McDonald, G Brown, J Dobie, D Miotti.
Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown, Sebastian Canceilliere, Scott Cummings, Rory Darge, Matt Fagerson, Walter Fifita, Thomas Gordon, George Horne, Rufus McLean, Kyle Steyn, Duncan Weir.
Lyon: T Arnold; J Tuisova, P Barassi, C Ngatai, D Niniashvili; L Berdeu, B Couilloud; S Taofifenua, Y Charcosset, D Bamba, F Lambey, R Taofifenua, D Cretin, B Saginadze, P Sobela©. Substitutes:: M Ivaldi, V Devisme, H Kaabèche, T Mayanavanua, L Goujon, J Doussain, J Kpoku, X Mignot,
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