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Five changes to Glasgow starting XV for Cardiff Blues visit

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor

30 Nov 2017

Peter Horne

Dave Rennie has re-introduced some of his internationals, whilst also rewarding his extended squad for their recent positive performances as Cardiff Blues come to a sold out Scotstoun tomorrow night.

It is a brand new half-back pairing with Henry Pyrgos and Peter Horne both returning from Scotland duty.

Outside of them Alex Dunbar also returns for his club, partnering Sam Johnson in the midfield, while it is the same back three that started in Glasgow’s record victory over the Ospreys last Sunday.

Tongan international Siua Halanukonuka makes his first start having impressed off the bench in Swansea. He joins George Turner and Alex Allan in the front-row.

With Ryan Wilson only joining up with the squad midway through the week, Callum Gibbins will continue to captain the side, the Scotalnd international Number 8 the only other change to the pack.

On the bench Jamie Bhatti is involved after featuring in all three of Scotland’s Autumn Internationals and Niko Matawalu will look to bring his spark to the match on his return from Fiji duty.

Elsewhere, Stuart Hogg is undergoing further investigations to determine the length of his absence, following the hip injury sustained last week ahead of the Australia game.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: “Ryan (Wilson) can come back and just focus on his role. He’ll captain the side from next week onwards but Cully (Callum Gibbins) has done a good job with the Scotland boys away and we want to keep driving the development of other leaders.

“Cardiff have got some real threats with ball in hand. They’ll be prepared to play and we’ll expect them coming up here to have a real positive mindset.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun Stadium in the Guinness PRO14 (kick-off 7.35pm) – live on BBC ALBA. You can also follow the action on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets:

15. Ruaridh Jackson (123)
14. Lelia Masaga (4)
13. Alex Dunbar (103)
12. Sam Johnson (32)
11. Leonardo Sarto (15)
10. Peter Horne (125)
9. Henry Pyrgos (134)

1. Alex Allan (60)
2. George Turner (10)
3. Siua Halanukonuka (1)
4. Kiran McDonald (1)
5. Scott Cummings (27)
6. Callum Gibbins (8) CAPTAIN
7. Matt Smith (7)
8. Ryan Wilson (134)

Replacements:

16. James Malcolm (19)
17. Jamie Bhatti (15)
18. D’Arcy Rae (33)
19. Brian Alainu’uese (19)
20. Samu Vunisa (1)
21. George Horne (7)
22. Adam Hastings (3)
23. Niko Matawalu (81)

Unavailable players: Adam Ashe (ankle), Matt Fagerson (knee), Nick Grigg (head), Rob Harley (knee), Stuart Hogg (hip), Rory Hughes (shoulder), Oli Kebble (foot), Pat MacArthur (hamstring), Greg Peterson (ankle), Tim Swinson (hand), Ratu Tagive (achilles), Richie Vernon (Achilles) and Lewis Wynne (concussion).

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