Hooker Fraser Brown will lead Glasgow Warriors out at BT Murrayfield and bring up a century of appearances for the club as Danny Wilson retains Scotland centre Huw Jones at full-back for the match, which will be a pilot event played in front of 700 Edinburgh season ticket holders (kick-off 7.35pm, live on Premier Sports).
Club co-captain is named in a starting XV showing three changes from last weekend’s 30-15 loss to the capital side.
The only change to the pack sees Tom Gordon promoted from the bench to start at openside, a move that sees Matt Fagerson shift across to number eight and Ryan Wilson named on the blindside.Behind the scrum, George Horne is handed the number nine jersey after coming off the bench last Saturday, with Adam Hastings continuing at fly-half.Nick Grigg retains his spot at outside centre, whilst Stafford McDowall comes into the side to start in the number 12 shirt.The back-three remains unchanged, as Ratu Tagive and Tommy Seymour start on either side of full-back Huw Jones.A brace of props are in line to make their Glasgow Warriors debuts from the bench, as Charlie Capps and summer arrival Enrique Pieretto are named in a matchday 23 for the first time.
Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Wilson said: “We wanted to give an opportunity to a few boys we think deserve their shot based on their efforts in training over the last couple of weeks.“We’ve got one eye on the start of the new season and we know that squad depth is going to be tested more than ever, so it’s another chance for us to look at certain players and combinations.“At the same time, though, it’s all about continuing to gel and grow as a squad, and we’re looking to build some momentum before the beginning of next season.“We’re excited to see how Stafford goes in the centre – he’s a young man with a highly impressive skillset, and he’s a major asset to our squad.“Tom and George both come into the starting XV and they’re both keen to get going from the first whistle this week.“We’ve worked on a few things we learned from last week, and we’re excited to get back out at BT Murrayfield once again this weekend.”
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