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Glasgow and Edinburgh Teams for PRO12 Weekend

Glasgow Warriors - pic © Al Ross
Glasgow Warriors - pic © Al Ross

Yes, that old thing’s still going on. Here are the teams shorn of international stars, and the opposition. Hey at least John Barclay’s not playing.

Glasgow v Scarlets

Glasgow have Rory Hughes, Scott Cummings and the mighty Richie Vernon back which might allow Townsend a little sleep, while Rob Harley has been returned from Scotland duty.

Glasgow Warriors team to play Scarlets in the Guinness PRO12 at Scotstoun Stadium, Friday 10 February, live on Sky Sports 3 (kick-off 7.35pm):
15. Peter Murchie (112), 14. Lee Jones (47), 13. Nick Grigg (11), 12. Sam Johnson (21), 11. Rory Hughes (24), 10. Rory Clegg (15), 9. Henry Pyrgos (117); 1. Alex Allan (41), 2. Pat MacArthur (148), 3. D’arcy Rae (17), 4. Brian Alainu’uese (7), 5. Scott Cummings (9), 6. Rob Harley (153), 7. Chris Fusaro (118), 8. Adam Ashe (32)
Replacements: 16. James Malcolm (16), 17. Jamie Bhatti (1), 18. Sila Puafisi (34), 19. Richie Vernon (86), 20. Lewis Wynne (10), 21. Grayson Hart (29), 22. Hagen Schulte (0), 23. Sean Lamont (108)

Players unavailable due to injury: Peter Horne (knee / ankle), Greg Peterson (shoulder) and Leonardo Sarto (shoulder).

Scarlets: 15 Johnny Mcnicholl, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Gareth Owen, 12 Hadleigh Parkes (capt), 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ryan Elias, 3 Werner Kruger, 4 Tom Price, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 James Davies, 8 Will Boyde
Replacements: Emyr Phillips, Luke Garrett, Nicky Thomas, Tadhg Beirne, Joshua Macleod, Aled Davies, Aled Thomas, Steff Hughes

Ulster v Edinburgh

Edinburgh have named a more settled team with a classy looking back row, as per usual. Didn’t help them against Munster last time though… No sign of Cornell du Preez this week. Ulster have Tommy Bowe and Stuart McCloskey available on the bench.

UPDATE: due to Hardie being called up to Scotland, Jamie Ritchie now starts at 7.

Edinburgh Rugby team to play Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium, Friday 10 February, kick-off 7.35pm – live on BBC ALBA:
15. Blair Kinghorn, 14. Damien Hoyland, 13. Chris Dean, 12. Phil Burleigh,  11. Tom Brown, 10. Jason Tovey, 9. Sean Kennedy; 1. Jack Cosgrove,  2. Neil Cochrane (capt), 3. Murray McCallum, 4. Fraser McKenzie, 5. Ben Toolis, 6. Viliame Mata, 7. John Hardie Jamie Ritchie, 8. Magnus Bradbury
Replacements: 16. Stuart McInally, 17. Derrick Appiah, 18. Nick Beavon, 19. Lewis Carmichael, 20. Viliami Fihaki, 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22. Michael Allen, 23. Rory Scholes

Players unavailable due to injury: Kevin Bryce (shoulder), Alasdair Dickinson (foot), Will Helu (hand), Nasi Manu (shoulder), WP Nel (neck), Alex Northam (Achilles), Rory Sutherland (groin), Kyle Whyte (knee)

Ulster: L Ludik, J Stockdale, D Cave, S Olding, C Piutau, P Nelson, P Marshall; A Warwick, J Andrew, R Lutton, K Treadwell, A O’Connor, R Diack, C Henry (C), M Coetzee
Replacements: J Murphy, C Black, W Herbst, P Browne, S Reidy, D Shanahan, S McCloskey, T Bowe.

In other news, Hughes, Rory Sutherland and Nathan Fowles have also joined Nick Grigg and Sam Johnson in signing new contracts for the pro teams this week.

Glasgow are bringing in Manuwatu/Hurricanes back row Callum Gibbins to replace the popular if foolhardy Simone Favaro (who will be a catch for someone), and they are also rumoured (again) to be courting Stormers prop Oli Kebble as a project player. Gibbins brings a reputation for fitness as well as previous experience working with Dave Rennie and Jason O’Halloran and 25 Super Rugby appearances.

Glasgow Warriors have also signed fly-half Brandon Thomson on a short-term deal from the Stormers in South Africa. He has started training with his new teammates at Scotstoun, after arriving in Glasgow from Cape Town. The 21-year-old will be at the club for the next two months, with Finn Russell away with Scotland and Peter Horne currently sidelined with an ankle injury.

Thomson has played six times in Super Rugby for the Stormers and has scored 26 points. Should he stick around, he has a Scottish father.

11 Responses

  1. I am concerned that those at Glasgow responsible for signing Kebble may not be aware that Munster have printed next year’s programmes with Kebble’s name already in them.If we were to steal him from under their noses it may cause damage to our previously excellent relationship with this world class Club and their players . In fact, this is following a distinct pattern: this weekend past we seem to have deliberately beaten their national team and thereby humiliated one of their greatest past players and showed him up to be a complete and utter gobshite. The previous week we upset one of their greatest present players by tackling him during a rugby game ,causing him so much concern that he was completely outplayed in the international ;to an extent that many of his countrymen were blaming him for the result.
    Now it seems that we are causing trouble with their prospective players .Dear,dear
    Sadly these actions can be so easily misinterpreted. I just hope that when the Glasgow International Rugby Union Youth banner appears at Thomond Park that its acronym is not similarly misunderstood.

    1. You forgot that vile Fraser Brown deliberately pummelling his head into the ground, risking paralysis or even death, in order to frame angelic Keith Earls. Those dastardly Scotch, meddling with Ireland’s procession to their rightful grand slam.

      Delighted to see Hughes and Cummings back fit; big futures for both of them. Lord Vernon too.

  2. It just shows the strength of the Glasgow squad these days, I think that team has 9 Scotland caps (plus 3 on the bench). For comparison, I make it 4 capped players in the Edinburgh side (plus 2 on the bench).

    1. I’m amazed Puafisi isn’t starting, is he just back from
      injury or something? Very big show of confidence in Rae otherwise, which is encouraging.

  3. I has written off Richie Vernon and was waiting to hear that he’d retired due to injury.
    I hope he manages to have some game time without injuries.
    It must be nearly 1½ years since he played.

  4. Fully expecting Richie to come on and score a brace. Who needs J Gray when Richie is powering the scrum. When was the last time we saw Richie at home? The double Ulster fixtures?

  5. Good Scarlets team – James Davies is a real talent at flanker, and I’m surprised he’s not at least benching for Wales.

    Both games on tv at the same time ( how well are we now served for Scottish rugby coverage ? ) but my cast iron rule in that scenario is to go with BBC Alba and the great Hugh Dan. C’mon Embra !

    1. Agree re. Davies; he’s been a stand-out player every time I’ve watched the Scarlets. I suppose Tipuric is in incredible form too however, and Faletau and Warburton are never getting dropped out the 23 let’s face it.

  6. Two good looking squads. Both sides could do with wins – Glasgow to maintain momentum, and Edinburgh to close that gap on 6th.

    Fantastic to see some of the injured Warriors back in action, especially Richie Vernon as he has been so unlucky with injuries. With the signing of the Saffer 10 does this mean that Hagen Shulte is to be jettisoned at the end of the season? He does not seem to have had much impact at Scotstoun.

    It would be a major coup for Edinburgh to do the double over Ulster, even given the patchy form the Irishmen have been in this year. No Pieenar, but still lots of class in that team. Bradbury, Ritchie and Mata will have to put in a strong shift to slow their ball out to the likes of Piatau and Ludik.

    1. Unsure on Schulte. Interesting to note is he’s Scottish qualified through his grandmother, which could be why they brought him through initially along with his league points record from playing in NZ, but I’m really not sure beyond that because he’s never started and played (I think he was on a team sheet a while ago, but don’t think he played). Guess they don’t think he’s ready. At 25, it’s odd to see a player still in the academy and Hawks rather than getting full team opportunities, especially with the lack of competition for a 2nd or 3rd strain fly half.. Really strange and unexplained signing since he’s barely had an opportunity at the first team so maybe has some fundamental flaws in his game.

      Wouldn’t expect Thomson’s signing to mean too much by way of shunting anyone out the team. He could be Scottish qualified too through his dad, but unlike Schulte who signed on a 1 year deal, Thomson’s on a 2 month contract over the 6N. Think Thomson was just an emergency signing as Horne was out injured which left Clegg, which just No. no…. Who knows what the long-term plan is with all that in the mix. Might be a trial period for player and club, might just be a short-term replacement stopgap and he’s taking advantage of living and playing somewhere else for 2 months. I guess we’ll see.

      Bath Chronicle have reported that Adam Hastings will not be with Bath next season but with Glasgow Warriors. Spoken from an interview with Todd Blackadder who has already signed a replacement for Hastings, which confirms he’s with us at Glasgow and we’ll just be awaiting the announcement from Glasgow, just as we’re awaiting Gibbin’s confirmation from the Warriors social media outlets too.

      Long-term seems like Russell and Hastings will be our 10s, unless the Northampton rumour about signing a new 10 (announcement due on the end of the 6N tournament) is somehow Russell, which would be an unwelcome shock. See it’s hard to know who’s staying or going as we’ve been running understocked at 10 this year without Weir. Makes me think they want 3 at the club to play, but with Horne able to do a job, it could just be the two.
      Hopefully everything clears up and that Northampton rumour is just a nightmarish fantasy concocted by Satan.

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