Benetton V Glasgow Warriors: Team Selection

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Head Coach Franco Smith announced his team to take on Italian side Benetton in the first clash of the Italian-Scottish shield in the BKT United Rugby Championship. Within that matchday 23 are 3 debutants. The first debutant comes in the front row as Argentinian Lucio Sordoni makes it an all-international front row by joining Jamie Bhatti and Fraser Brown.  The engine room remains unchanged as Lewis Bean and Richie Gray link up once again. Gray will be looking to continue his outstanding lineout performance, having had more steals than any other player in the 2021/22 championship.  New signing Sintu Manjezi will make his Glasgow debut in the back row, teaming up with Matt Fagerson and last season’s top carrier Jack Dempsey.  George Horne is teaming up with Tom Jordan – who is making his first professional start for the club – in the halfbacks.  After missing out on the preseason clash in Inverness, Sione Tuipulotu comes into the starting XV, linking up with Stafford McDowall in the midfield.  Skipper Kyle Steyn is set to make his 50th appearance for the club out on the wing and is joined by Sebastian Cancelliere on the opposite wing and Cole Forbes completing the starting XV at fullback.  Smith has opted for a 6-2 split on the bench to tackle the physical challenge in Treviso. Last season’s top try scorer Johnny Matthews, Oli Kebble and Zander Fagerson are named as front row cover. Scott Cummings joins them alongside Rory Darge and Thomas Gordon. Ali Price and Duncan Weir are the only two backs on the bench to provide some extra cover.  Overall, I think this is a strong looking team although I do think the extra preseason game would’ve done some good to work out any more issues. Interesting call to name Brown over Matthews as Matthews has been performing a lot better than Brown in the past. Smith’s want to improve the fitness of the squad will be needed for this game as Benetton like to have a proper run around.  Come on Warriors! The post Benetton V Glasgow Warriors: Team Selection appeared first on Scottish Rugby Blog.

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