Kellock returns for season opener

Captain Al Kellock has been recalled to the Glasgow Warriors side to face Cardiff Blues in the opening round of the new RaboDirect PRO12 season at Scotstoun Stadium tomorrow night (kick-off 7.35pm).Al Kellock

The Warriors captain will partner new Scotland cap Tim Swinson in the second row, with Scotland under-20 captain Jonny Gray  providing cover amongst the replacements.

The only change to the backline which started the 29-26 win over Exeter Chiefs last Saturday is the inclusion of Mark Bennett at outside centre. Sean Lamont moves to the right wing, with Tommy Seymour dropping to the bench.

That means Peter Murchie continues at full-back, Bennett partners Alex Dunbar at centre, Byron McGuigan keeps his place on the left wing after scoring three tries in the last two games, with Scott Wight and Henry Pyrgos pairing up again at half-back.

After an impressive debut from the bench against the Chiefs Jerry Yanuyanutawa starts his first game for the club at loosehead, with Pat MacArthur coming in at hooker and Ed Kalman completing the front row.

Richie Vernon starts at number eight, with Chris Fusaro at openside and Rob Harley starting on the blindside.

Ruaridh Jackson has been included on the bench, along with Chris Cusiter, who returned to action last weekend after an 11-month spell on the sidelines. Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Moray Low, Tyrone Holmes and Gray are the other replacements.

There are only around 500 tickets left for the game and they can be purchased online at www.glasgowwarriors.org and by calling the ticket office on 0844 800 3490 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “We’re all really looking forward to getting our new season underway in front of our home support.
Byron McGuigan
“The players have worked extremely hard over the last few months and they are in great physical shape going into this game.

“Cardiff Blues have a very strong squad, and have been in impressive form in pre-season, so we’ll have to be at our best to get our season off to a winning start.

“We finished last season with a run of seven straight victories at home and those selected will be doing all they can to continue that form into the new season.

“We had some great nights at Scotstoun last season and our supporters always give the team a huge boost, so I’m sure they’ll get right behind them again tomorrow night.”

 

Glasgow Warriors team to play Cardiff Blues, RaboDirect PRO12, Scotstoun Stadium, Friday 6 September (kick-off 7.35pm):

 

15. Peter Murchie

14. Sean Lamont

13. Mark Bennett

12. Alex Dunbar

11. Byron McGuigan

10. Scott Wight

9. Henry Pyrgos

 

1. Jerry Yanuyanutawa

2. Pat MacArthur

3. Ed Kalman

4. Tim Swinson

5. Al Kellock (Captain)

6. Rob Harley

7. Chris Fusaro

8. Richie Vernon

 

16. Fraser Brown

17. Gordon Reid

18. Moray Low

19. Tyrone Holmes

20. Jonny Gray

21. Chris Cusiter

22. Ruaridh Jackson

23. Tommy Seymour
 
Not available due to injury: Gabriel Ascarate (chest), Mike Cusack (shoulder), Pete Horne (knee), Niko Matawalu (foot), Duncan Weir (ankle), Ryan Wilson (shoulder).