DESPITE having nine players involved in Scotland’s clash against Georgia this evening, Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson has been able to name a handy looking match-day squad for tomorrow night’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to take on the Ospreys.
There are two debutants in the pack, with Hamish Bain, the former Scotland Under-20s cap who joined the Scotstoun outfit during the summer after a couple of seasons playing in France with SRU partnership club Stade Nicois, getting the nod in the second-row. He will have the comfort of the highly experienced Richie Gray lining up alongside him in the engine-room, as one of five players released from the national camp for this weekend.
The other current Scotland squad members who will play for Warriors tomorrow are full-back Huw Jones, centres Nick Grigg and Sam Johnson, and hooker George Turner.
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Samoan TJ Ioane, who joined the club on loan from London Irish two weeks ago, also makes his first appearance having been named at No8 in a back-row which also includes Tom Gordon and captain Ryan Wilson.
Meanwhile, Turner will pack down between D’Arcy Rae and Aki Seiuli in the front-row.
It is an impressive backline in the circumstances, with the highly experienced Peter Horne named at stand-off, where he can be a steadying hand alongside teenage scrum-half Jamie Dobie.
Tommy Seymour, who retired from international rugby last year after 55 caps and a Lions tour, is on the right wing, while Ratu Tagive, who was unlucky not to make the Scotland squad this Autumn is on the other touch-line, with Jones at full-back.
“I was pleased with our showing in first hour of our win against Scarlets,” said Wilson. “It was an improvement on our performance away to Connacht.
“The team includes some new combinations that we are looking forward to seeing in action. It’s good to welcome back a couple of the boys who have been released to us from Scotland camp.
“TJ [Ioane] and Hamish [Bain] will be making their debut for the club, and it will be the first time I get to see Sam [Johnson] and Jamie [Dobie] in a Warriors shirt.
“Ospreys have started off the season well. They have a good mix of young talent and experienced veterans in their squad – similar to us. We’ve prepared well and are up for the challenge we’ll face tomorrow in Swansea.”
Glasgow Warriors (v Ospreys at Liberty Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm): H Jones; T Seymour, N Grigg, S Johnson, R Tagive; P Horne, J Dobie; A Seiuli, G Turner, D Rae, H Bain, R Gray, R Wilson, T Gordon, T Ioane. Substitutes: G Stewart, A Allan, E Pieretto, F Lokotui, C Fusaro, S Kennedy, B Thomson, N Matawalu.
Ospreys: D Evans; M Protheroe, S Williams, K Williams, L Morgan; S Myler, R Morgan-Williams; R Jones, D Lake, M Fia, A Beard, B Davies, O Cracknell, D Lydiate (C), J King. Substitutes: S Otten, G Thomas, T Botha, W Griffiths, S Cross, H Morgan, J Thomas, T Thomas-Wheeler.
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)