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Ally Miller will start at openside flanker for Glasgow Warriors against Lyon on Saturday evening. Image: © Craig Watson -
Ally Miller will start at openside flanker for Glasgow Warriors against Lyon on Saturday evening. Image: © Craig Watson -

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.

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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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  1. A tough ask and will need to be on our game big time to win in Lyon. As already said and as per one of my previous posts the squad lacks depth particularly in the back 5 of the pack. Let’s hope for a miracle.

  2. Aye, could be a tough afternoon in Lyon. But let’s hope this squad clicks and some of the (undoubted quality) Warriors players can spark something. Probably as good a squad as we could put out in the circumstances.

  3. No, I think you were right the first time. But injuries always take a toll at this end of the season, some good players on the treatment table at the moment, with them fit, you would not bet against a Glasgow win at home. However, it is, away and it looks like Lyon and taking it seriously. It’ll be a big ask to get a win. Going heavy on the bench may be to try to compete against a big French pack and possibly even to rest a few for next week

  4. Just shows the paucity of the Warriors squad when we have two second rows and an inexperienced youngster on the bench for an away quarter final in Europe. Never mind I think we sometimes forget that the SRU isn’t made of money, we can’t have a big squad as well as an expensive coach and a brand new stadium to play in …………..……..oh wait I may have got that wrong.


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