First tries, head-to-heads and the new season looms ever closer - catch up with what's been happening with our Weekend Update.
Scotland pass Tbilisi test
With just over 24 hours to go until Gregor Townsend names his 31-man Scotland squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Saturday evening’s meeting with Georgia in Tbilisi was the final chance for a number of Glasgow Warriors to put their hands up for selection. Scott Cummings registered his first international try in the 44-10 victory, whilst Sam Johnson made a welcome return to the dark blue jersey as Scotland continued their tournament preparations.
FULL TIME | A confident performance in defence and attack from Scotland in a historic match against Georgia, to give us the win in Tbilisi! ???????#AsOne pic.twitter.com/i4NsIKX9Zq
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) August 31, 2019
74′ | TRY! And it’s Scott Cummings who scores his first try following a quick penalty taken by Ali Price.
#GEOvsSCO | A first Test try for @scottcummings96 – the big @GlasgowWarriors lock crashes over after a quickly-taken penalty by Price and the initial drive from @bhatti@GeorgianRugby 10-42 @Scotlandteam #KeepItSCRUM pic.twitter.com/My4arNGjXH
— SCRUM Magazine (@SCRUMMAGAZINE) August 31, 2019
Congratulations to Scotland ??????? who cruised past Georgia this afternoon ?
Good performance from @Scotlandteam. Solid vs physical but one dimensional Georgians.
Hutchinson, Johnson, Russell combo
Control of ball/territory
Scored 1st pts
Seemingly no significant injuries
Tuesday squad announcement beckons.
— Rory Lawson (@rorylawson9) August 31, 2019
Fiji victorious over Tonga
The club’s Scotland contingent weren’t the only Warriors on international duty this weekend – indeed, two members of Dave Rennie’s squad were in action in Auckland on Saturday as Niko Matawalu and his Fiji team-mates took on a Tonga squad featuring Siua Halanukonuka. It was the Flying Fijians who took the victory, coming away with a 29-19 win over their Pacific rivals.
Teu ke tau!!
The Ikale Tahi team to face @fijirugby has been named.
Some big ins for the Tongan team with the return of Sione Kalamafoni to national duties, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi coming back in after a long layoff due to injury and Vunipola Fifita to make his potential debut. pic.twitter.com/c34OfmrnIF
— Tonga Rugby Union (@officialTongaRU) August 28, 2019
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians wrapped up its test match preparation with a win over Tonga at Eden Park. Read below the match report plus reactions from Flying Fijians coach John McKee and Skipper Dominiko Waqaniburotu. #itsfijistime: https://t.co/gduFOPRTly
— Fiji Rugby Union (@fijirugby) August 31, 2019
Halanukonuka books his place on the plane
Shortly after the final whistle blew at Eden Park, Tonga became the latest team to confirm the names of those travelling to Japan later this month. Amongst the 31 players selected by head coach Toutai Kefu was none other than Halanukonuka, as the Glasgow Warriors prop prepares to travel to his first Rugby World Cup.
Grigg ready for Ulster
Back at Scotstoun, Dave Rennie and his squad are continuing to gear up for this weekend’s opening pre-season fixture against Guinness PRO14 counterparts Ulster in Belfast. With competition for places as keen as ever, Nick Grigg is just one of the players looking forward to the first hit-out of the new campaign.
?️| “The first step for us is making sure we’re in form and hit the ground running”
With just 8⃣ days to go until the club’s first pre-season match against Ulster, Nick Grigg is keenly anticipating a return to action.https://t.co/Z1P8vRRYaO
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) August 30, 2019
Scotstoun taking shape
It’s not just the squad that are finalising preparations for the new season with just under two weeks until The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge…