Bryce starts for visit of Exeter

Bryce starts for visit of Exeter

Glenn Bryce will start at full-back in tomorrow’s crucial Heineken Champions Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun, as Dave Rennie’s side looks to continue their pursuit of a second successive quarter-final appearance in the top tier of European rugby.

Scotland 7s cap
Bryce is one of 11 personnel changes made by Rennie and his coaching team, with
the Warriors looking to continue the momentum built by last weekend’s 38-19
victory away to Benetton.

Having come
off the bench in Italy last weekend, Oli Kebble starts at loose-head prop to
join Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson in the Glasgow front-row.

Cummings and Jonny Gray both return to the starting XV having been rested for
the trip to Treviso, with the Scotland duo paired together for the third
successive Heineken Champions Cup match.

Ryan Wilson
moves from number eight to blindside flanker in order to accommodate the returning
Matt Fagerson, club co-captain Callum Gibbins completing the starting pack.

George Horne
is retained at scrum-half following his two-try, man-of-the-match showing in
Treviso, with Adam Hastings returning to start at fly-half.

Fresh from
scoring the club’s first try of the new decade, Sam Johnson continues at inside
centre as December Warrior of the Month Huw Jones is named outside him in the
13 jersey.

Kyle Steyn
and Tommy Seymour start on the wings, with Bryce promoted from the bench to
start at full-back.

Rennie and
his coaches will be able to call upon the service of a vastly experienced
replacements bench, which includes three of the club’s five most-capped players
of all time.

Rob Harley,
Chris Fusaro and Pete Horne combine for 563 appearances between them, with the
trio ready to make an impact when called upon tomorrow afternoon.

Turner is included as the reserve hooker, as Aki Seiuli and Adam Nicol join the
Scotland international as the front-row cover.

scoring in Treviso, Niko Matawalu starts amongst the replacements with Ali
Price returning to the matchday 23 to complete the squad.

Speaking ahead
of the match, Rennie said: “Glenn’s a very good player, with an excellent
skillset. He’s not dissimilar to Hoggy, in that he’s quick, got a good kicking
game and is a quality distributor. It gives us a lot of pace on the field.

“He played
well at the start of the season before he picked up a couple of knocks, but he
deserves his opportunity.

weekend] was a good chance to freshen a few boys up after the two
double-headers – they’ve carried a big toll over the last month. Bruce
Flockhart and Tom Gordon were both outstanding but unfortunately picked up a
couple of niggles, so they’re unavailable this weekend. It’s good to have guys
back fresh and ready to go, however.

“Our fans
are great to play in front of – it’s a great atmosphere when it’s a sold-out
Scotstoun. We had outstanding support in Benetton this weekend, and we want to
give them something to shout about this weekend.”

Warriors team to play Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup, Saturday 11 January,
kick-off 3.15pm, live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate. You can follow the
action in the Live Match Centre on Glasgow Warriors
appearances in brackets.

1. Oli Kebble
2. Fraser Brown (97)
3. Zander Fagerson (89)
4. Scott Cummings (66)
5. Jonny Gray (108)
6. Ryan Wilson (163)
7. Callum Gibbins (C) (44)
8. Matt Fagerson (58)

9. George
Horne (51)
10. Adam Hastings (40)
11. Kyle Steyn (22)
12. Sam Johnson (60)
13. Huw Jones (31)
14. Tommy Seymour (139)
15. Glenn Bryce (25)


16. George
Turner (43)
17. Aki Seiuli (6)
18. Adam Nicol (16)
19. Rob Harley (225)
20. Chris Fusaro (174)
21. Ali Price (84)
22. Pete Horne (164)
23. Niko Matawalu (123)

available due to injury
: Andrew Davidson (foot), Bruce Flockhart (back), Tom Gordon (chest), Nick Grigg (head),
Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Sean Kennedy (shoulder), Kiran McDonald (hip), Robbie
Nairn (knee), D’arcy Rae (hand), Brandon Thomson (calf) and DTH van der Merwe

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