20/12/2019 – Guinness PRO14 Communications – Glasgow Warriors team named for 1872 Cup opener

A matchday squad containing 17 internationals will take to the pitch in front of a sold-out Scotstoun tomorrow night, as Glasgow Warriors welcome Edinburgh for the opening match of this season's 1872 Cup.

Nine players that started April’s 34-10 victory over the capital outfit will once again be running out in a Warriors shirt tomorrow evening, as Dave Rennie’s men look to reclaim the trophy from their cross-country rivals.

Aki Seiuli continues at loose-head prop after making his first start for the club last weekend, with Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson packing down alongside the New Zealander.

Scott Cummings and Jonny Gray start in the second-row, the third successive match for which the pair have been selected in the engine room.

Ryan Wilson shifts from blindside flanker to number eight in order to accommodate Rob Harley, as Callum Gibbins continues at openside to complete the back-row.

Behind the scrum there’s a return to the starting lineup for George Horne, the scrum-half lining up alongside Adam Hastings at half-back.

Huw Jones retains his place at outside centre, partnering fellow Scotland international Sam Johnson in the midfield.

Tommy Seymour – fresh from signing a contract extension earlier this week - is selected on the wing along with Kyle Steyn, with Ruaridh Jackson coming into the side to start at full-back.

Oli Kebble makes a return to the matchday squad after being named amongst the replacements for tomorrow’s match, as he joins George Turner and Adam Nicol as the front-row reinforcements.

Harley’s inclusion in the starting XV sees Adam Ashe come onto the bench, with Tom Gordon continuing in the number 20 jersey.

Ali Price is named as the replacement scrum-half, as Nick Grigg and Niko Matawalu complete the Glasgow replacements.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s match, Rennie told glasgowwarriors.org: “I'd expect to see a little bit of desperation in how the players perform. Edinburgh are a tough side with a good kicking game, so we need to be able to deal with that.

“It'll be an arm wrestle and we shouldn't be lacking motivation. We've been away from home in this fixture in the last few years, so it'll be nice to play in front of our family and friends ahead of Christmas this season.

“We're looking for a performance that reflects the importance of the occasion.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14, Saturday 21 December, kick-off 5.45pm, live on Premier Sports 1. You can follow the match in the Live Match Centre on glasgowwarriors.org. Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets.

1. Aki Seiuli (3)
2. Fraser Brown (95)
3. Zander Fagerson (87)
4. Scott Cummings (64)
5. Jonny Gray (106)
6. Rob Harley (222)
7. Callum Gibbins (C) (42)
8. Ryan Wilson (160)

9. George Horne (48)
10. Adam Hastings (38)
11. Kyle Steyn (20)
12. Sam Johnson (57)
13. Huw Jones (28)
14. Tommy Seymour (135)
15. Ruaridh Jackson (157)

16. George Turner (40)
17. Oli Kebble (40)
18. Adam Nicol (14)
19. Adam Ashe (73)
20. Tom Gordon (11)
21. Ali Price (82)
22. Nick Grigg (63)
23. Niko Matawalu (120)

Not available due to injury: Siua Halanukonuka (calf), D’Arcy Rae (hand), Kiran McDonald (hip), Brandon Thomson (calf), Robbie Nairn (knee) and Pete Horne (head).