Lions wing Sey­mour is back in fray for Glas­gow

Scot­land in­ter­na­tional set for first start of sea­son for War­riors

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - SPORT -

Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Tommy Sey­mour will make his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son when Glas­gow try to con­tinue their 100% record in the Pro14 in Cardiff tonight.

The Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions wing, who was given ex­tra time off fol­low­ing his sum­mer ex­er­tions in New Zealand, joins Lee Jones and Aber­do­nian Ruar­idh Jack­son in the back three.

Head coach Dave Ren­nie said: “It’s great to have Tommy back. He’s a re­ally good finisher, a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor and is cer­tainly very com­pet­i­tive.

“He’s been work­ing hard in train­ing and now he gets the chance to get out and play a bit of footy back in the jersey.”

Lock Tim Swin­son will make his 100th War­riors ap­pear­ance hav­ing pre­vi­ously racked up 120 games for Premier­ship club New­cas­tle.

Ren­nie said: “It’s a great oc­ca­sion for Tim and his fam­ily. To play 100 games for two clubs is a heck of an achieve­ment and shows his dura­bil­ity.

“His phys­i­cal­ity and com­pet­i­tive edge is mas­sive for the rest of the play­ers and it’s great that he gets to join a pretty elite club.”

Flanker Matt Fager­son comes in for cap­tain Ryan Wil­son fol­low­ing last week­end’s 31-10 vic­tory against Ospreys with Henry Pyr­gos tak­ing the arm­band, while Nick Grigg comes into mid­field.

Re­place­ments Niko Matawalu, Alex Al­lan and Chris Fusaro are in­volved for this first time this sea­son. Ren­nie said: “Niko has been a real hand­ful on the train­ing pitch since com­ing back.

“He’s got a great per­son­al­ity and the play­ers love him and it is great to see him back in Glas­gow colours.

“We ended up win­ning well last week but we were slow in our con­tact sup­port and didn’t de­fend in­di­vid­u­ally as well as we need to, so they’ve been big fo­cuses this week.

“If we get that right and im­prove those ar­eas, we’ll be in with a good chance of win­ning the game.”

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