URC: Glasgow v Leinster: seven Scotland squad members named in home 23

Zander Fagerson, Rory Darge and Huw Jones are among the five World Cup returnees named in starting XV

Zander Fagerson will start at tight-head prop for Glasgow Warriors against Leinster on Sunday. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Zander Fagerson will start at tight-head prop for Glasgow Warriors against Leinster on Sunday. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

ZANDER FAGERSON, Rory Darge, Scott Cummings, Huw Jones and captain Kyle Steyn have all stepped straight from Scotland World Cup duty to be named in Glasgow Warriors’ starting XV for Sunday afternoon’s URC campaign opener against Leinster at Scotstoun.

George Horne (who is set to make his 100th appearance for the team) and Johnny Matthews (who was a late call-up to the World Cup) are the other Scotland squad member s in the match-day 23.

Summer signing Henco Venter makes his competitive debut at No 8 while Greg Peterson comes straight into the second-row less than two weeks after being brought back to the club as emergency cover for the injured JP du Preez.

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“Everyone cannot wait for the start of the new season,” said head coach Franco Smith. “It’s a great feeling to be able to kick off the season at home, and we’re looking forward to running out in front of the Warrior Nation once more – it’s been a long time since we played a competitive match at Scotstoun, and the boys are really excited to get going.

“Even without some of their stars, Leinster have been a formidable force in the URC in recent seasons, and we look forward to what will be a strong test this Sunday.”

Meanwhile, none of Leinster’s frontline Ireland internationals have been named in their match-day 23, which reflects the fact that they lasted an extra week at the tournament so have had less than a full week to re-integrate, and means that this match will be an interesting examination of the province’s true strength in depth.


Glasgow Warriors (versus Leinster at Scotstoun Stadium in the BKT United Rugby Championship on Sunday at 4pm): J McKay; S Cancelliere, H Jones, S McDowall, K Steyn ©; T Jordan, J Dobie; O Kebble, A Fraser, Z Fagerson, G Peterson, S Cummings, G Brown, R Darge, H Venter. Substitutes: J Matthews, N McBeth, L Sordoni, A Samuel, A Miller, T Gordon, G Horne, D Weir.

Leinster: C Frawley; T O’Brien, L Turner, C Ngatai, J Larmour; H Byrne, L McGrath, J Boyle, J McKee, T Clarkson, R Molony, J JenkinS, M Deegan, S Penny, J CulhanE, Substitues: L Barron, P McCarthy, R McGuire, B Deeny, R Ruddock, C Foley, S Prendergast, W Connors.


Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Facundo Cordero (ankle), Euan Ferrie (ankle), JP du Preez (knee), Murphy Walker (calf).

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  1. It would certainly be great to get a win first game up. Whilst Leinster may not have any of their international from the RWC there’s still some serious names in their squad – Larmour, McGrath, Moloney, Penny, Deagan and more. Should provide a stern test but Glasgow can win if they are at their best.

  2. Gone fully loaded which is great to see, looking forward to the game! As others say, time to kick on this season….

  3. Great opening to a new URC season and some cracking ties to begin with, notably Munster v Sharks and Glasgow v Leinster. Really pleased to see Dobie starting at nine for the Weegies, because he needs to be given a proper chance to exercise his massive potential for the benefit of all Scotland supporters. This could also be a breakthrough year for the six-foot-nine lock Alex Samuel, who looked very good in his occasional outings last year. The Warriors need to kick on and put in even more of a challenge for honours this time – and oh boy they certainly have the squad to do it. Absolutely loaded with talent and strength in depth too, which is a real luxury in these here parts.

  4. A great draw for Glasgow’s first game, to get Leinster without any of their big names. Glasgow’s strong selection should be confident on home turf and good for a possible bonus point win. That would give them a great start on the rest of the league as not many will get a chance like this.
    Make the most of it.


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