Franco Smith names 3 debutants in Glasgow side to face Benetton
Tight-head Lucio Sordoni, blindside flanker Sintu Manjezi and fly-half Tom Jordan will all make their first professional appearances for the Warriors as they kick off a new era in northern Italy following the departure of Danny Wilson earlier in the summer.
“We’re all excited to get our season under way tomorrow evening in Treviso,” Smith told Glasgow’s website.
“The boys have all worked extremely hard throughout pre-season and tomorrow gives them the opportunity to show the results.
“Lucio, Sintu and Tom have all earned the opportunity to make their debut for the club tomorrow and we look forward to seeing them make their mark in a Warriors jersey.”
Benetton won only six of their 18 URC games last term, but Smith, who had a short stint in charge of the Italian national team before becoming their head of high performance, is not expecting a straightforward opening night.
“Benetton are a fit, attack-minded team who like to run the ball from everywhere and we’ll need to be at our best in Treviso,” he said.
New club captain Kyle Steyn will make his 50th appearance in Glasgow colours at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo, while a strong bench includes Johnny Matthews, Oli Kebble, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Rory Darge and Ali Price.
GLASGOW WARRIORS TEAM:
1. Jamie Bhatti
2. Fraser Brown
3. Lucio Sordoni
4. Lewis Bean
5. Richie Gray
6. Sintu Manjezi
7. Matt Fagerson
8. Jack Dempsey
9. George Horne
10. Tom Jordan
11. Kyle Steyn (C)
12. Stafford McDowall
13. Sione Tuipulotu
14. Sebastian Cancelliere
15. Cole Forbes
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