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Argentina wing Sebastian Cancelliere to start for Glasgow at Benetton Treviso

By PA
Sebastián Cancelliere /Glasgow Warriors

Sebastian Cancelliere returns from injury to start for Glasgow in Saturday’s BKT United Rugby Championship clash with Benetton Treviso in Italy.

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The Argentina wing and prop Nathan McBeth are the only two changes following last month’s convincing win over the Dragons.

Jamie Dobie goes back from the wing to his normal scrum-half role as Ben Afshar drops to the bench following his try-scoring appearance.

Scotland international Jamie Bhatti is rested, but international team-mate Stafford McDowall will again skipper the Warriors.

Head coach Franco Smith told glasgowwarriors.org: “Benetton will be defending a proud home record, and have been in strong form across this season to date.

“They have recruited well and have developed their squad across the board, providing a strong opponent for us that we will need to be at our best to overcome.”

Benetton v Glasgow Warriors

Stadio Monigo, Treviso – KO 15.00 IRE & UK / 16.00 ITA / 17.00 SA

Referee: Eoghan Cross (IRFU, 13th league game)

AR 1: Filippo Russo (FIR) AR 2: Alex Frasson (FIR)

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TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)

Benetton: Jacob Umaga (Kenilworth Rugby Club), Ignacio Mendy (Los Tilos Rugby Club), Malakai Fekitoa (Houmale’eia Rugby Club), Marco Zanon (Rugby Bassano) Onisi Ratave (Delainamasi school), Tomas Albornoz (Tucuman Rugby Club), Alessandro Garbisi (Mogliano Rugby), Thomas Gallo (Universitario de Tucuman), Siua Maile (College Atele), Simone Ferrari (Amatori Milano), Gideon Koegelenberg (Hugenote High-School), Eli Snyman (John’s College Harare) (CAPT), Alessandro Izekor (Rugby Brescia), Giovanni Pettinelli (Rugby Venezia), Toa Halafihi (Gisborne Boys High School)

Replacements: Federico Zani (Amatori Rugby Parma), Ivan Nemer (Sporting Club de Mar del Plata), Tiziano Pasquali (Appia Rugby Roma), Riccardo Favretto (Silea Rugby), Edoardo Iachizzi (Lazio Rugby), Henry Time-Stowers (Wainuiomata Rugby Club), Andy Uren (Keysham) Giacomo Da Re (Benetton Rugby)

Glasgow Warriors: Josh McKay (Kaiapoi), Sebastian Cancelliere (Hindu Club), Stafford McDowall (Stewartry RFC), Tom Jordan (Hamilton Old Boys), Facundo Cordero (Club Regata de Bella Vista), Ross Thompson (Stewarts Melville Lions), Jamie Dobie (Highland RFC), Nathan McBeth (Monument High School), Johnny Matthews (St Edwards College), Lucio Sordoni (Medalla Milagrosa), Max Williamson (Stirling County), Alex Samuel (Madras), Euan Ferrie (East Kilbride), Thomas Gordon (Rotorua), Henco Venter (Grey College)

Replacements: Gregor Hiddleston (Dumfries Saints), Allan Dell (Border), Oli Kebble (Dulwich College), Sintu Manjezi (St Andrews College), Ally Miller (Preston Lodge RFC), Angus Fraser (Dundee Eagles), Ben Afshar (Edinburgh Academical), Duncan Weir (Cambuslang)

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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