Scarlets v Glasgow: seven changes in Warriors line-up for Wales trip

Rob Harley and Josh McKay return from injury as their team seek a sixth straight league win

Josh McKay
Josh McKay is back from injury and will play on the wing for Glasgow in Llanelli. Image: © Craig Watson -

JOSH McKay makes his comeback from injury for Glasgow as they visit Scarlets tomorrow in the URC. The New Zealander, who had been out with ankle damage, takes his place on the right wing, with Ollie Smith holding on to the No 14 jersey.

Cole Forbes is on the other wing instead of Rufus McLean in the other change from the three-quarter line that began the win over Benetton a fortnight ago, while there is a new half-back combination in Duncan Weir and Jamie Dobie. McLean is one of a number of players listed as unavailable for selection along with George Horne. Six others are listed as absent on international duty.

Up front, newly-re-signed hooker Johnny Matthews takes over from Fraser Brown, Rob Harley returns from a calf injury and is at lock instead of Richie Gray,  and in the back row Ally Miller is preferred to Tom Gordon.

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“After five wins in a row in the URC we are looking forward to taking on Scarlets tomorrow in Llanelli,” head coach Danny Wilson said. “We’re pleased to welcome back Josh McKay and Rob Harley from injury. Scarlets are a dangerous team and have some quality individuals – we’ll need to be at our best tomorrow afternoon.”

The full list of players who are “unavailable for selection” is: Jamie Bhatti, Scott Cummings, Walter Fifita, George Horne, Sean Kennedy, Tom Lambert, Nathan McBeth, Rufus McLean, Enrique Pieretto.

Rory Darge, Matt and Zander Fagerson,  Ali Price, Sione Tuipulotu and George Turner are the half-dozen who have been retained by Scotland ahead of next week’s Six Nations match against Italy.

Scotland tighthead Javan Sebastian is included in the Scarlets line-up.

Glasgow Warriors (v Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, Saturday 5.15pm): O Smith; J McKay, K Steyn, S Johnson, C Forbes; D Weir, J Dobie; O Kebble, J Matthews, S Berghan, K McDonald, R Harley, R Wilson (captain), A Miller, J Dempsey. Substitutes: F Brown, M Walker, E McQuillin, R Gray, T Gordon, J Lenac, R Thompson, S McDowall.

Scarlets: T Rogers; S Evans, J Williams, S Williams (captain), R Conbeer;  R Patchell, G Davies; S Thomas, D Hughes, J Sebastian, S Lousi, J Price, B Thomson, D Davis, S Kalamafoni. Substitutes: M Jones, K Mathias, S Lee, A Shingler, C Tuipulotu, D Blacker, S Costelow, J Roberts.

Referee: C Busby (Ireland).

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