Nakarawa to start in crucial Sale clash

Nakarawa to start in crucial Sale clash

Leone Nakarawa will make his first appearance for Glasgow Warriors since returning to the club earlier this month, after being named in the starting XV for tomorrow evening’s crucial Heineken Champions Cup clash with Sale Sharks.

The Fijian
is one of five personnel changes to the side that battled to a thrilling 31-31
draw with Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun last weekend, as the Warriors travel south
knowing that a win is the minimum requirement in order to keep their
quarter-final hopes alive.

Aki Seiuli
is the only alteration to the starting front-row, with the Christchurch-born
loose-head packing down alongside Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson.

An unchanged
second-row once again sees Jonny Gray and Scott Cummings combine in the engine
room, the pair having put in an impressive defensive shift last time out.

Ryan Wilson
shifts from the blindside to number eight whilst also assuming the captaincy,
as Tom Gordon caps a week that saw a first-ever Scotland call-up by joining the
returning Nakarawa on the flanks.

Behind the
scrum, Ali Price comes into the side at scrum-half with Adam Hastings continuing
at fly-half after his man-of-the-match showing at Scotstoun last Saturday.

Huw Jones retains
his place at 13 following his try-scoring performance against Exeter, lining up
outside Sam Johnson in the Glasgow midfield.

Club record
try-scorer DTH van der Merwe returns to the matchday squad to start on the wing,
joining Kyle Steyn and Glenn Bryce in the back three.

Oli Kebble rotates to the bench after starting last weekend, with George Turner and Adam Nicol continuing as the other front-row replacements.

Rob Harley and Chris Fusaro bring a wealth of experience to the pack reinforcements, bringing over 400 Glasgow Warriors appearances between them to the matchday 23.

George Horne joins brother Pete on the bench, with Niko Matawalu completing the contingent of Glasgow replacements.

about his selection, Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: “Tom [Gordon] is a
great athlete, who offers us a genuine ball-carrying option. He’s made good
shifts around his physicality his work post-tackle, and he’s gone really well
for us over the last couple of months.

“Leone [Nakarawa] gives
us a great ball-carrying option in the back-row. He’ll commit a lot of
defenders and can create space for others, and we’re excited to give him a
crack on the side of the scrum.

“Sale are
very direct, but they’re also very innovative. They’re a lot tougher to face
down there. We’re expecting them to go full tilt tomorrow and we expect them to
put a strong team out on the field.”

Warriors team to play Sale Sharks in the Heineken Champions Cup, Saturday 18 January,
kick-off 5.30pm, live on BT Sport 3. You can follow the
action in the Live Match Centre on Glasgow Warriors
appearances in brackets.

1. Aki Seiuli (7)
2. Fraser Brown (98)
3. Zander Fagerson (90)
4. Scott Cummings (67)
5. Jonny Gray (109)
6. Leone Nakarawa (69)
7. Tom Gordon (14)
8. Ryan Wilson (C) (164)

9. Ali Price (85)
10. Adam Hastings (41)
11. DTH van der Merwe (121)
12. Sam Johnson (61)
13. Huw Jones (32)
14. Kyle Steyn (23)
15. Glenn Bryce (26)


16. George Turner (44)
17. Oli Kebble (44)
18. Adam Nicol (16)
19. Rob Harley (226)
20. Chris Fusaro (175)
21. George Horne (52)
22. Pete Horne (164)
23. Niko Matawalu (124)

Not available due to injury: Andrew Davidson (foot), Matt Fagerson (rib), Bruce Flockhart (back), Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Sean Kennedy (shoulder), Johnny Matthews (ankle), Kiran McDonald (hip), Robbie Nairn (knee),
D’arcy Rae (hand), Brandon Thomson (calf), Tommy Seymour (head), George Thornton (ankle) and
Ratu Tagive (shoulder)

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