URC: Glasgow v Benetton: George Turner returns for Warriors

Hooker to make his first appearance of campaign as one of five changes to starting XV

George Turner returns for Glasgow Warriors against Benetton this weekend. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
George Turner returns for Glasgow Warriors against Benetton this weekend. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

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.

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“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)

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  1. Bad news about the Dobie injury, he didn’t look good when he left the field at half time last week. This makes a bit of a mockery of the Price move as said at the time with Edinburgh having 4 scrum halfs of a good calibre and Glasgow now only 2 fit. Charlie Shiel will now see hardly any game time whilst Sean Kennedy who is a bit of a journeyman/veteran will now get plenty game time.

    • Touch harsh on SK as without injuries I honestly think he could have been capped but yeah point still stands. No chance that a neutral observer would give Price game time over the Edinburgh options. GT still determined to keep making same mistakes over n over again.

      • not just Townsend, Gatland disagrees with you as well. But you know better. Which professional outfit do you coach?

        There isn’t a 9 at Edinburgh fit to lace Price’s boots

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