Gordon Simpson Returns To Glasgow Xv

Gordon Simpson returns to the Glasgow team for the Welsh/Scottish League match against Neath at Hughenden on Friday. However, his fellow Scotland cap, James McLaren, has been rested from the starting XV, though still on duty on Friday as a substitute."We felt that James could use a week's training," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, explained. "If we had not had so many injury problems James would not even have been on the bench. We"re trying to keep him fresh." McLaren has played in all but one of Glasgow's 10 matches since early November as well as being on duty for Scotland in the autumn series and the three games so far in the Six Nations" Championship.Simpson has been out of rugby since his ankle injury during Glasgow's Heineken Cup victory over Northampton at Firhill in early January. That was Glasgow's last home match, but they have not played at their usual Hughenden base since their Heineken Cup victory over Cardiff in early November ... more than four months ago.Simpson's return as blind-side flanker allows Jason White to join Nathan Ross as the lock partnership in place of Andy Hall and Steve Griffiths. The latter could not be considered for Friday because of his knee injury in the match against Newport on Saturday - Ross replaced Griffiths late in the first half of that game.In McLaren's absence Alan Bulloch switches from outside centre to the right wing. Jon Stuart will be at outside centre, his first start since the December match against Caerphilly, though he was a second-half replacement for Andy Henderson at Newport and scored Glasgow's only try in the 55-5 defeat.Two other changes have been made from Glasgow's starting line-up at Newport, with Andy Nicol resuming as scrum half and captain and Gordon Bulloch returning as hooker. Tommy Hayes, who missed the second half of the Newport match because of a thigh injury, is fit to retain his place at stand-off, partnering Nicol. However, Michael Bartlett, Jon Steel, and Roland Reid are still unavailable because of injury.Friday's match will kick off at 7.30pm. Glasgow's team:15 Glenn Metcalfe14 Alan Bulloch13 Jon Stuart12 Andrew Henderson11 Rory Kerr10 Tommy Hayes9 Andy Nicol (captain)1 David Hilton2 Gordon Bulloch3 Gordon McIlwham4 Nathan Ross5 Jason White6 Gordon Simpson7 Donnie Macfadyen8 Jon PetrieSubstitutes:16 Gavin Scott17 Lee Harrison18 Andrew Hall19 Gareth Flockhart20 Graeme Beveridge21 Graeme Kiddie22 James McLarenGordon Simpson returns to the Glasgow team for the Welsh/Scottish League match against Neath at Hughenden on Friday. However, his fellow Scotland cap, James McLaren, has been rested from the starting XV, though still on duty on Friday as a substitute."We felt that James could use a week's training," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, explained. "If we had not had so many injury problems James would not even have been on the bench. We"re trying to keep him fresh." McLaren has played in all but one of Glasgow's 10 matches since early November as well as being on duty for Scotland in the autumn series and the three games so far in the Six Nations" Championship.Simpson has been out of rugby since his ankle injury during Glasgow's Heineken Cup victory over Northampton at Firhill in early January. That was Glasgow's last home match, but they have not played at their usual Hughenden base since their Heineken Cup victory over Cardiff in early November ... more than four months ago.Simpson's return as blind-side flanker allows Jason White to join Nathan Ross as the lock partnership in place of Andy Hall and Steve Griffiths. The latter could not be considered for Friday because of his knee injury in the match against Newport on Saturday - Ross replaced Griffiths late in the first half of that game.In McLaren's absence Alan Bulloch switches from outside centre to the right wing. Jon Stuart will be at outside centre, his first start since the December match against Caerphilly, though he was a second-half replacement for Andy Henderson at Newport and scored Glasgow's only try in the 55-5 defeat.Two other changes have been made from Glasgow's starting line-up at Newport, with Andy Nicol resuming as scrum half and captain and Gordon Bulloch returning as hooker. Tommy Hayes, who missed the second half of the Newport match because of a thigh injury, is fit to retain his place at stand-off, partnering Nicol. However, Michael Bartlett, Jon Steel, and Roland Reid are still unavailable because of injury.Friday's match will kick off at 7.30pm. Glasgow's team:15 Glenn Metcalfe14 Alan Bulloch13 Jon Stuart12 Andrew Henderson11 Rory Kerr10 Tommy Hayes9 Andy Nicol (captain)1 David Hilton2 Gordon Bulloch3 Gordon McIlwham4 Nathan Ross5 Jason White6 Gordon Simpson7 Donnie Macfadyen8 Jon PetrieSubstitutes:16 Gavin Scott17 Lee Harrison18 Andrew Hall19 Gareth Flockhart20 Graeme Beveridge21 Graeme Kiddie22 James McLaren