Away ties for pro sides this weekend

Captain Coman returns for Ulster encounter


MacArthur set to join Warriors' centurion club

There are four changes to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO12 away fixture against Ulster (Friday 3 October, k/o 7.35pm), including the return from injury of club captain Mike Coman who will lead the side out in competition for the first time this season.

Coman, who starts on the blindside, said: “I’m really excited to be back. It’s been a frustrating two weeks, not being able to play and I’m looking forward to the challenge of Ulster. They’re a very well balanced team with good attacking options all over the park.

“The boys have trained really well this week, though, and are determined to build on last week and put in a really good performance out there on Friday night.”

Elsewhere in the forwards, BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Level 3 prop Rory Sutherland makes his first start at loosehead while Grant Gilchrist and Roddy Grant move from the bench to start at lock and openside respectively. One change to the backs sees one of last week’s try scorers against Scarlets, Phil Burleigh, move from the bench to start at stand-off.

Full back Greig Tonks is fully aware of the task in hand:

“Ulster are always very strong at home and have a good record at Ravenhill. No doubt they’ll be well fired up and will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Zebre.”

Edinburgh’s last visit across the Irish Sea, the season opener against Munster, showed that the club are capable of beating an Irish province on their own turf, and though they beat Ulster at BT Murrayfield in 2013, they have not won in Belfast since September 2009.

Head coach Alan Solomons said: “Mike [Coman] returning as captain will be a boost to the team ahead of what will be a very challenging game against Ulster.

“Due to player management, Alasdair Dickinson is not available this week which gives a starting opportunity to young Rory Sutherland, with Allan Dell coming on to the bench.

“Meanwhile Phil Burleigh is given the chance to show what he can do in the key position of stand-off.

“We’re facing a full-strength Ulster team who will be smarting after their loss to Zebre last weekend and will be going all out to redress the defeat.”

Friday’s match at the Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill, Belfast will be broadcast live on BBC Alba (with alternative red button English commentary) and BBC NI. Edinburgh Rugby's Chris Dean will be in the studio as co-commentator. A highlights package will be available later in the weekend online at Sky Sports.




Edinburgh Rugby team v Ulster, Friday 3 October, Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill, kick-off 7.35pm

15 Greig Tonks

14 Jack Cuthbert

13 Sam Beard

12 Andries Strauss

11 Tim Visser

10 Phil Burleigh

9 Sean Kennedy


1 Rory Sutherland

2 Ross Ford

3 John Andress

4 Anton Bresler

5 Grant Gilchrist

6 Mike Coman (captain)

7 Roddy Grant

8 Cornell Du Preez


16 James Hilterbrand

17 Allan Dell

18 Willem Nell

19 Ollie Atkins

20 Tomas Leonardi

21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

22 Tom Heathcote

23 Nick McLennan


Pat MacArthur will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow Warriors in the GUINNESS PRO12 match with Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2pm UK time) – live on BBC Two Scotland.

Also included in the 23-man squad are 18-year-old Zander Fagerson and 21-year-old Ali Price, who are named amongst the replacements.

Stuart Hogg continues at full-back, while Sean Lamont moves from the right wing to outside centre, with Tommy Seymour coming into the starting XV. Canadian international DTH van der Merwe keeps his place on the left wing and Peter Horne comes in at inside centre in place of James Downey.

Duncan Weir is once again named at stand-off, while Niko Matawalu returns from injury at scrum-half in place of Henry Pyrgos.

Alex Allan and Rossouw de Klerk come into the front-row in place of Gordon Reid and Euan Murray and will pack down with centurion MacArthur at hooker.

Tom Ryder makes his first start for the Warriors since February and he'll partner Al Kellock in the engine room.

James Eddie comes in for Rob Harley at blind-side flanker, Tyrone Holmes is recalled after suspension at open-side and Josh Strauss returns from injury at Number 8.

As well as BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 players' Fagerson and Price, the Warriors will be able to call upon the likes of Finn Russell, Leone Nakarawa, James Downey and Chris Fusaro from the bench.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We're expecting a big challenge in Treviso on Sunday afternoon and our defence will have to be at its best. We've worked hard on this area in training and the players have tackled well this week.

"We're delighted to have Zander and Ali in the squad this weekend. Zander's first opportunity comes off the back of the way he's trained with us and played for Glasgow Hawks. Ali has recovered well from his knee injury, which he had last season and has been in cracking form for Stirling County. They also both played very well in the recent 'A' fixture against Edinburgh Rugby.

"One of our more experienced players will be making his 100th appearance for the club this weekend and I want to congratulate Pat (MacArthur) on this fantastic achievement."







Glasgow Warriors v Benetton Treviso, Sunday 5 October,Stadio Monigo, kick-off 2pm BST 

15. Stuart Hogg

14. Tommy Seymour

13. Sean Lamont

12. Peter Horne

11. DTH van der Merwe

10. Duncan Weir

9. Niko Matawalu


1. Alex Allan

2. Pat MacArthur

3. Rossouw de Klerk

4. Tom Ryder

5. Al Kellock (Captain)

6. James Eddie

7. Tyrone Holmes

8. Josh Strauss


16. Fraser Brown

17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa

18. Zander Fagerson

19. Leone Nakarawa

20. Chris Fusaro

21. Ali Price

22. Finn Russell

23. James Downey