URC: Scarlets v Glasgow: Franco Smith switches things up for Welsh visit

Five members of Scotland's Six Nations squad return, while Kyle Steyn, Matt Fagerson and Jack Dempsey are rested

Scotland co-captain Rory Darge will return to club action with Glasgow Warriors against Scarlets tomorrow [Saturday] night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scotland co-captain Rory Darge will return to club action with Glasgow Warriors against Scarlets tomorrow [Saturday] night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

FIVE players who had significant roles in Scotland’s recent Six Nations campaign have been added to Glasgow Warriors’ starting XV for tomorrow [Saturday] evening’s URC away clash against the Scarlets, with George Horne promoted from the bench following last Friday’s home win over Cardiff, while Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Rory Darge and Kyle Rowe return after a weekend off.

Head coach Franco Smith has made eight personnel changes in total to his run-on team, with Gregor Hiddleston coming in to make his first URC start at hooker in place of the benched Johnny Matthews, while Ally Miller and Henco Venter are added to an all-new back-row alongside Darge (making his first Warriors appearance in three months following injury and international duty), meaning Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson and Euan Ferrie are not involved this week.

The midfield partnership is unchanged for a fourth successive match, with Tom Jordan partnering captain for the day Stafford McDowall.

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Gregor Brown is set to make his first appearance since December having recovered from a knee injury to be named among the replacements, while Duncan Munn will double his appearance total if called upon after debuting off the bench last week.


Glasgow Warriors (v Scarlets at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday @ 7.35pm ): J McKay; K Rowe, S McDowall ©, T Jordan, S Cancelliere; D Weir, G Horne; N McBeth, G Hiddleston, Z Fagerson, M Williamson, S Cummings, A Miller, R Darge, H Venter. Replacements: J Matthews, A Dell, L Sordoni, S Manjezi, G Brown, T Gordon, J Dobie, D Munn.

Unavailable for selection: Jamie Bhatti (foot), Fraser Brown (knee), Richie Gray (bicep), Huw Jones (hand), Jack Mann (ankle), JP du Preez (knee), Ollie Smith (knee), Sione Tuipulotu (knee), Sione Vailanu (knee).


Scarlets: I Nicholas; T Rogers, J Davies, EJames, T Lewis; I Lloyd, KHardy; W Jones, R Elias ©, S Wainwright, A Craig, S Lousi, T Leatherbarrow, D Davis, V Fifita. Replacements: S Evans, K Mathias, H O’Connor, M Jones, C Tuipulotu, G Davies, D Jones, R Conbeer

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  1. Likewise, concerned re Thomson, I do wonder if he suffered a bit of a confidence crisis during his long injury layoff… need to see him back playing.. does anyone know if he’s getting game time elsewhere at all???

    Good team for tomorrow night, never an easy place to go, and the Scarlets tails will be up after last weeks win v Benetton.

  2. Thompson needs game time. If he’s fit and not being picked then he may need to think about moving. There was nothing wrong with his performance when he played 10 and Jordan was at 12. It was certainly far more assured than Healy at Edinburgh. Thompson has plenty of attributes but like almost all young Scots is being starved of game time.

  3. Decent looking team and hoping that they gel and get a bit of dry ball to play with.

    Am a bit worried though about Ross Thompson – seems to be well out of favour and with a 6-2 bench he doesn’t even make the subs. For someone who came through showing so much promise, it feels like his career is stalling since coming back from injury.

      • its fairly simply really.

        I’d pick Thomson over Weir, but the head coach sees it the other way around, he picks the player he thinks best suited. The head coach also much prefers a 6/2 bench, which means that with Jordan starting there is no roon, no need, for another 10 on the bench

        The head coach’s first priority (his job depends on it) is to win matches. Players responsibility is to convince the coach they are the best choice. There is no sentiment either way. Smith seems to have done a decent job in winning and blooding younger players who have earned their place

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