Gordon Simpson Returns For Glasgow

Gordon Simpson returns after a month's injury absence for Glasgow's crucial Celtic League match against Connacht at Hughenden tomorrow evening. However, Tommy Hayes, Glasgow's record points-scorer, is an absentee, as is Andrew Wilson, the young flanker who has been deputising for Simpson.Jason White, again captaining the team, will become the fourth player to reach the milestone of 100 games for Glasgow. He follows in the footsteps of Hayes, Gordon McIlwham (now playing club rugby in France), and Jon Petrie, who celebrated his century by scoring the clinching try in Glasgow's Heineken Cup victory over Sale Sharks last week.Simpson has missed the past three matches after a knee injury while he was playing in the Celtic game at Pontypridd. His fellow cap, Roland Reid, resumes among the replacements.It is the first appearance of the season for Reid in Glasgow's 22. He missed the first two months because of a groin injury, and when he made a comeback, playing for Glasgow's back-up team against Sanix two weeks ago, he damaged an ankle.Hayes, who has scored 1160 points in 115 games for Glasgow, injured a knee in training on Wednesday whereas Wilson has sinusitis. It will be the first game in which Wilson has not played for Glasgow this season, either in the starting line-up or as a substitute.Simpson, making a timely return, takes over the No.6 jersey from Wilson. Andrew Henderson resumes as inside centre in place of Hayes.Both Glasgow and Connacht are already guaranteed places in the league's last eight. However, each needs a win to claim a home quarter-final next month, and Glasgow expect that that spicy element to the contest will attract as large a crowd as saw them win the Heineken Cup match against Sale last week.Tomorrow's match will kick off at 7.30pm. However, supporters are asked to arrive at Hughenden well before then. "Please come early," was the clear message today from David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive.Glasgow's team:15 Stuart Moffat14 Michael Bartlett13 Alan Bulloch12 Andrew Henderson11 Glenn Metcalfe10 Calvin Howarth9 Graeme Beveridge1 Cameron Blades2 Gordon Bulloch3 Lee Harrison4 Andrew Hall5 Jason White (captain)6 Gordon Simpson7 Donnie Macfadyen8 Jon PetrieSubstitutes:16 Fergus Thomson17 David Hilton18 Nathan Ross19 Rory McKay20 Andy Nicol21 Roland Reid22 Ian McInroyGordon Simpson returns after a month's injury absence for Glasgow's crucial Celtic League match against Connacht at Hughenden tomorrow evening. However, Tommy Hayes, Glasgow's record points-scorer, is an absentee, as is Andrew Wilson, the young flanker who has been deputising for Simpson.Jason White, again captaining the team, will become the fourth player to reach the milestone of 100 games for Glasgow. He follows in the footsteps of Hayes, Gordon McIlwham (now playing club rugby in France), and Jon Petrie, who celebrated his century by scoring the clinching try in Glasgow's Heineken Cup victory over Sale Sharks last week.Simpson has missed the past three matches after a knee injury while he was playing in the Celtic game at Pontypridd. His fellow cap, Roland Reid, resumes among the replacements.It is the first appearance of the season for Reid in Glasgow's 22. He missed the first two months because of a groin injury, and when he made a comeback, playing for Glasgow's back-up team against Sanix two weeks ago, he damaged an ankle.Hayes, who has scored 1160 points in 115 games for Glasgow, injured a knee in training on Wednesday whereas Wilson has sinusitis. It will be the first game in which Wilson has not played for Glasgow this season, either in the starting line-up or as a substitute.Simpson, making a timely return, takes over the No.6 jersey from Wilson. Andrew Henderson resumes as inside centre in place of Hayes.Both Glasgow and Connacht are already guaranteed places in the league's last eight. However, each needs a win to claim a home quarter-final next month, and Glasgow expect that that spicy element to the contest will attract as large a crowd as saw them win the Heineken Cup match against Sale last week.Tomorrow's match will kick off at 7.30pm. However, supporters are asked to arrive at Hughenden well before then. "Please come early," was the clear message today from David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive.Glasgow's team:15 Stuart Moffat14 Michael Bartlett13 Alan Bulloch12 Andrew Henderson11 Glenn Metcalfe10 Calvin Howarth9 Graeme Beveridge1 Cameron Blades2 Gordon Bulloch3 Lee Harrison4 Andrew Hall5 Jason White (captain)6 Gordon Simpson7 Donnie Macfadyen8 Jon PetrieSubstitutes:16 Fergus Thomson17 David Hilton18 Nathan Ross19 Rory McKay20 Andy Nicol21 Roland Reid22 Ian McInroy