Zebre v Glasgow: six changes for Warriors’ trip to Italy

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Zander Fagerson and Richie Gray say they are fully focussed on next weekend's URC play-off clash against Leinster. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Zander Fagerson and Richie Gray return to the Glasgow pack for the game against Zebre in Parma. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW coach Franco Smith has made six changes to his team to play  Zebre Parma in Italy tomorrow, welcoming back some key members of the squad after they were rested last week.

Sione Tuipulotu, Richie Gray and Zander and Matt Fagerson all return to the side following their involvement in Scotland’s Autumn Nations Series campaign, while the others who come back this week are Ryan Wilson and Ollie Smith. Gray is free to play after having his three-match suspension reduced to two following his completion of World Rugby’s Coaching Intervention Programme.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of Zebre tomorrow in Parma and we’re pleased to welcome back a number of internationals for it,” Smith said. “Against Leinster [when they lost 40-5 last week] we created a number of opportunities, however, we weren’t able to convert those into points. Tomorrow’s game is an opportunity for us to play our brand of rugby and showcase the hard work we have put in in training this week.”


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Ten players are listed as unavailable because of injury: Scott Cummings (foot), Allan Dell (calf), Rory Darge (ankle), Cole Forbes (neck), Thomas Gordon (calf), Sam Johnson (jaw), Enrique Pieretto (chest), Alex Samuel (back), Ross Thompson (ankle) and Duncan Weir (calf).

Glasgow Warriors (v Zebre Parma at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Saturday 1pm UK time): O Smith: S Cancelliere, S Tuipulotu, S McDowall, K Steyn (captain); T Jordan, G Horne; O Kebble, F Brown, Z Fagerson, S Manjezi, R Gray, R Wilson, S Vailanu, M Fagerson. Substitutes: J Matthews, J Bhatti, M Walker, J du Preez, L Bean, G Brown, J Dobie, D Miotti.

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