50 up for Matt Fagerson as Glasgow host Scarlets
The second round of the PRO14 starts on Friday with Glasgow Warriors hosting Scarlets at Scotstoun while Leinster face Ospreys at the RDS Arena.
Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets
Matt Fagerson will make his 50th Glasgow Warriors appearance in his side’s meeting with the Welsh region, as the 21-year-old lines up at number eight in a team showing three changes from last weekend’s defeat to the Cheetahs.
Head coach Dave Rennie has elected to make two alterations to the back-line that kicked off in Bloemfontein, with Ruaridh Jackson promoted to the starting XV after coming off the bench in South Africa.
The club centurion is joined by Rory Hughes and Kyle Steyn in the back-three, the wing duo having been selected to start for a second successive week.
Stafford McDowall also comes into the back division, partnering Huw Jones in midfield to make his first start of the campaign, whilst an unchanged half-back combination sees Nick Frisby and Brandon Thomson continue at nine and ten respectively.
The final change to the starting XV comes in the pack, as Kiran McDonald comes into the second-row to partner Tim Swinson.
An unchanged front-row sees Oli Kebble and D’arcy Rae continue either side of Grant Stewart, whilst Rob Harley and captain Callum Gibbins flank Fagerson in the back-row.
After both making their competitive debuts for the Warriors in South Africa last weekend, Johnny Matthews and Jamie Dobie are in line to make a first competitive appearance at Scotstoun from the replacements’ bench.
Tom Gordon also comes into the squad to take the 19 jersey, whilst Glenn Bryce and Paddy Kelly join the replacements for the club’s first home outing of the new season.
The remainder of the matchday 23 is unchanged, with Alex Allan, Adam Nicol and Chris Fusaro all having come off the bench in South Africa.
Meanwhile, wing Tom James will make his PRO14 debut for the Scarlets in this fixture.
The experienced Wales international, who moved from Cardiff Blues in the summer, was outstanding for the Scarlets A team in last weekend’s Celtic Cup win over Munster, scoring a try and having a hand in a number of others in the 46-28 victory.
James replaces Ryan Conbeer out wide as the lone change to the Scarlets team that dug deep to see off Connacht at a rain-soaked Parc y Scarlets in their Round One encounter.
The 32-year-old makes up a back three that also includes Johnny McNicholl and Wales international wing Steff Evans.
Steff Hughes again leads the side and partners Paul Asquith in midfield. Asquith, the former Australia Sevens player, will make his 50th appearance for the Scarlets.
Dan Jones and Kieran Hardy, among 12 home-grown players in the matchday 23, combine at half-back, while the pack and bench is retained en bloc.
Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Stafford McDowall, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Callum Gibbins (c), 6 Rob Harley, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 Kiran McDonald, 3 D’arcy Rae, 2 Grant Stewart, 1 Oli Kebble
Replacements: 16 Johnny Matthews, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Adam Nicol, 19 Tom Gordon, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Jamie Dobie, 22 Paddy Kelly, 23 Glenn Bryce
Scarlets: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Tom James, 13 Steff Hughes (c), 12 Paul Asquith, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Kieran Hardy, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Josh Macleod, 6 Tom Phillips, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Lewis Rawlins, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Rob Evans
Replacements: 16 Taylor Davies, 17 Phil Price, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Josh Helps, 20 Dan Davis, 21 Dane Blacker, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Corey Baldwin
Kick-off: 19:35 BST (18:35 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Ben Blain (Scotland), Chris Busby (Ireland)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)