Danny Wilson names strong Warriors squad for Italy trip

DANNY WILSON has selected 11 players who had playing time for Scotland in the recent round of autumn testing in his starting XV – plus Jamie Dobie on the bench – for tomorrow afternoon’s return to the United Rugby Championship at Benetton.

Notable absentees are a stubborn accessory Pike perch fagerson and a half scrum Ali Price, who are rested after touring with the Lions last summer and starting the four fall tests, Scott Cummings, who is listed as injured, and co-captain Ryan wilson, who plays for the Barbarians against Samoa at Twickenham.

With Fraser Brown, the team’s other co-captain, out for the rest of the calendar year with a knee injury, center Sam johnson took the lead in the field for this game.

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During this time, Ewan Ashman, who joined the club on Monday on a loan deal until the end of the season, has been recalled by the Sale Sharks as emergency injury cover.

Rory darge is back in shape after an ankle injury shattered his chances of making his international debut this fall, Kiran mcdonald is also coming back from the kidney injury he suffered in the preseason to take a replacement spot, and his head is loose Nathan McBeth is set to make his bench debut after joining South African franchise club the Lions just before the international break.

“We can’t wait to start playing rugby again this weekend,” said head coach Wilson. “Benetton in Treviso is always a very difficult game – as we found out last season. Their form this season has been good again and we know it will be a huge challenge to achieve an away victory.

“After a good week of training back together, we look forward to the challenge of returning to URC league rugby.”

Glasgow Warriors (v Benetton at Stadio Monigo, Saturday 1pm UK time): C Forbes; K Steyn, S Tuipulotu, S Johnson, R McLean; R Thompson, G Horne; J Bhatti, G Turner, O Kebble, R Harley, R Gray, M Fagerson, R Darge, J Dempsey. Substitutes: J Matthews, N McBeth, E Pieretto, K McDonald, T Gordon, J Dobie, D Weir, O Smith

Not available for selection: Ewan Ashman, Simon Berghan, Fraser Brown, Scott Cummings, Peter Horne, Tom Lambert, Ewan McQuillin, Ryan Wilson.

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