Glasgow have put out a strong but not-first choice team to play Zebre in their last home game of the league season proper, with plenty of firepower on the bench stacked up in case of emergency. It could be a last chance for the Scotstoun faithful to bid a fond farewell to The Unspellables (Jerry, Big T, Leone). While I won’t miss typing their names quickly whilst still trying to watch at the same time, they will all be missed to an extent even if Leone’s loss will be by far the greatest to the club. Also departing will be club stalwarts James Eddie (retirement) and Duncan Weir (Edinburgh) and they’ll be joined by Kevin Bryce – now apparently a tighthead – who’s also off up the M8 to try and understudy WP Nel.
Should be enough to see off Zebre and if they do their job, without seeming arrogant they should put in place a decent win before the bench gets the chance to run up a bit of points difference. 5 league points is really the minimum here. This one’s on BBC Alba tonight.
Glasgow Warriors: Glenn Bryce, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Sean Lamont, Duncan Weir, Grayson Hart, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Pat MacArthur, D’arcy Rae, Greg Peterson, Leone Nakarawa, Rob Harley (capt), Favaro, Ashe.
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Ryan Wilson, Ali Price, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour.
Over in Ireland there will be a crunch clash between the Munstermen and Edinburgh who are very narrowly divided for a spot in the top 6 – Edinburgh currently edge it. Like Glasgow vs Connacht next week it could be a winner takes all clash. Munster might look like they are still rebuilding in the post Paul O Connell era but there is still plenty of muscle in the team and magicians like Simon Zebo and Keith Earls out wide.
Edinburgh have put out a pretty strong team with Matt Scott returning, the top front row out and Hardie and DuPreez in the back row. It’s also good to see Jamie Ritchie and Magnus Bradbury cementing their place in the team, although it would be nice to see Bradbury start more.
Also taking place tonight, no word on coverage but the BBC website should have radio at least.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Johnny Holland, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Billy Holland; Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (capt).
Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Ronan O’Mahony.
Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland, Matt Scott, Andries Strauss, Tom Brown, Jason Tovey, Sean Kennedy, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford (capt), WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Ben Toolis, Jamie Ritchie, John Hardie, Cornell Du Preez.
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Rory Sutherland, John Andress, Alex Toolis, Magnus Bradbury, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Chris Dean, Dougie Fife.