GEORGE TURNER will make his first appearance for Glasgow Warriors since returning from World Cup duty this weekend d after being named in the starting line-up for tomorrow night’s URC round five fixture against Benetton at Scotstoun.
The hooker is one of five changes to the starting side which claimed a bonus-point victory over the Ospreys last time out, whilst 21-year-old second-row Max Williamson could make his competitive debut for the club after being selected amongst the replacements.
The other changes to the starting line-up are Tom Gordon (who is also making his first appearance of the season) at openside flanker in a rejigged back-row, George Horne replacing the injured Jamie Dobie at scrum-half, Tom Jordan replacing the suspended Duncan Weir at stand-off and Josh McKay at full-back.
“We’re looking forward to being back at home for the next two weeks for two big matches, beginning with Benetton this weekend, a challenge the players are incredibly excited by,” said head coach Franco Smith.
“Benetton will pose a strong test tomorrow night; they have recruited well, had 22 players participate in the World Cup, and they’re at the top of their game at the moment. They’ve shown they can win away from home this season and pose a real all-round threat.
“We know that we will need to be at our best to meet the challenge tomorrow night, and we have trained well this week in preparation for what lies in store.”
Glasgow Warriors (versus Benetton at Scotstoun Stadium in the BKT United Rugby Championship on Saturday at 7.35pm): J McKay; S Cancelliere, S Tuipulotu, S McDowall©, K Rowe; T Jordan, G Horne; J Bhatti, G Turner, L Sordoni, S Manjezi, R Gray, M Fagerson, T Gordon, S Vialanu. Substitutes: J Matthews, A Dell, E Pieretto, G Peterson, M Williamson, A Miller, S Kennedy, R Thompson.
Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Facundo Cordero (ankle), Jamie Dobie (ankle), Huw Jones (foot), JP du Preez (knee), Kyle Steyn (ankle), Murphy Walker (calf), Duncan Weir (suspended)