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Price benched as Glasgow opt for Horne

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Warriors' George Horne celebrates at full time during a United Rugby Championship fixture between Glasgow Warriors and Cardiff Rugby at Scotstoun, on September 23, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Franco Smith has challenged in-form Glasgow to subdue the home support as they bid to pull off an away win over Scarlets and reach the final of the Challenge Cup.

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The Warriors, who have lost only one of their last 17 matches in all competitions, head to Parc y Scarlets as slight favourites to eliminate their United Rugby Championship rivals in their first-ever European semi-final on Saturday evening.

Fourth-placed Glasgow finished 10 places above Scarlets in the regulation URC season and defeated them 12-9 at Scotstoun in a hard-fought league match a fortnight ago, but head coach Smith is wary of the galvanising effect home advantage could have on the Welsh side.

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“The Scarlets will be favouring their chances to go all the way in front of their home supporters,” he told the Warriors website.

“We as a team know this, and therefore it presents an opportunity to take on this challenge that will ask the very best of us.

“We have prepared well this week for what we know will be a hard battle in front of a big Welsh crowd.”

Argentinian winger Sebastian Cancelliere returns from injury to take his place in a Glasgow XV loaded with Scotland internationals, including Huw Jones, Sione Tuipulotu, Kyle Steyn, Zander Fagerson and George Turner.

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Veteran lock Richie Gray will make his 100th appearance for the club, while George Horne gets the nod over Ali Price to start at scrum-half.

GLASGOW WARRIORS:
1 Jamie Bhatti
2 George Turner
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Scott Cummings
5 Richie Gray
6 Rory Darge
7 Sione Vailanu
8 Jack Dempsey
9 George Horne
10 Tom Jordan
11 Kyle Steyn (C)
12 Stafford McDowall
13 Sione Tuipulotu
14 Sebastian Cancelliere
15 Ollie Smith

REPLACEMENTS:
16 Johnny Matthews
17 Nathan McBeth
18 Simon Berghan
19 JP du Preez
20 Lewis Bean
21 Matt Fagerson
22 Ali Price
23 Duncan Weir

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finn 4 hours ago
Why the world needs a reverse Lions tour

I think there’s a lot of reasons this wouldn’t work, but if we’re just proposing fun things how about a “World Series” held the june/july following a world cup. The teams competing each four years would be: the current world champions The Pacific Islands The British & Irish Lions The World XV Barbarians FC to ensure all teams are fairly evenly matched, the current world champions would name their squad first; then The Pacific Islands would name next, and would be able to select any pacific qualified players not selected by the world champions, including players already “captured” by non-pacific nations who would otherwise have been eligible for selection (eg. Bundee Aki); the Lions would select next; and then The World XV and Barbarians FC would be left to fight over anyone not selected. Some people will point out that 5 teams is too many for a mid-year round robin, particularly as it would be nice to have a final as well; and they would be right! But because we’re just having fun here we’re going to innovate an entirely new format for rugby, where the round robin is played in one stadium over the course of one day, with each game lasting just 40 minutes with no half time or change of ends. The round robin decides the seedings for the knockouts, which are contested by all 5 teams in one stadium over the course of one day, according to the following schedule: Knockout Round 1: seed 5 v seed 4 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Quarter Final: winner of Round 1 v seed 3 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Semi Final: winner of Quarter Final v seed 2 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Final: winner of Semi Final v seed 1 (played as a standard 80 minute rugby match) for the round robin, teams would name a 15 man starting lineup and a 16 man bench. Substitutions during games can only be made for injuries, but any number of substitutions can be made between games. The same rules apply for the finals, except that we return to having a regular 8 man bench, and would allow substitutions as normal during the 80 minute final.

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Simon 6 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

There are a few issues with the article. Despite somehow getting to a RWC semi final, England are nowhere near Probable status and should be swapped with Scotland on current form. France’s failure at RWC 23 has massively hit their mindset. Psychologically, they need a reset of gigantic proportions otherwise they will revert to, Top 14 first, international rugby an afterthought again. Ireland are allowed to play the way they are by less than acceptable officiating. Make no bones about it, with Easterby coaching, Ireland cheat, they break the rules at almost every facet of the game and generally referees, influenced by the media that Ireland are somehow playing the best rugby in the world, allow them. Scrums - Porter never pushes straight and immediately turns in. The flankers lose their binds and almost latch on to the opposition props. Rucks - they always and I mean always clear out from the side and take players out beyond the ball, effectively taking them out of being ready for the next phase. Not once do green shirts enter rucks from the rear foot. Referees should be made to look at the video of the game against Wales and see that Irish backs and forwards happily enter rucks from the side to effect a clearout, thus giving them the sub 3 second ruck speed everybody dreams about. They also stand in offside positions at rucks to ‘block’ opposing players from making clear tackles allowing the ball carrier to break the gainline almost every time. They then turn and are always ahead of play and therefore enter subsequent rucks illegally. Mauls - there is always a blocker between the ball catcher and the opposition. It is subtle but it is there. Gatland still needs to break the shackles and allow his team a bit more freedom to play rugby. He no longer has a team of 16 stone plus players who batter the gainline. He has to adapt and be more thoughtful in attack. Scotland are playing well but they have the creaky defence that leaks tries.

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