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Glasgow Warriors roll out more Scotland players for Stormers clash

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Sione Tuipulotu of Scotland looks dejected after Scotland concede a try during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Ireland and Scotland at Stade de France on October 07, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Three more Scotland internationals will return to the Glasgow team when the Stormers visit Scotstoun on Friday.

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Matt Fagerson, Sione Tuipulotu and Ollie Smith will all make their first appearances of the BKT United Rugby Championship campaign following their World Cup exertions.

However, fellow internationals Kyle Steyn (ankle) and Huw Jones (foot) both drop out through injury.

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Head coach Franco Smith has made seven changes in all following last weekend’s 34-26 defeat by Connacht in Galway.

Hooker Johnny Matthews makes his first start of the season, while Greg Peterson comes into the second row to partner Richie Gray.

Rory Darge and Sebastian Cancelliere are also recalled while Stafford McDowall will captain the side in the absence of Steyn.

Scotland international Jamie Bhatti could make his first appearance of the season off the bench.

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Smith told glasgowwarriors.org: “We made too many unforced errors last weekend and allowed the win to get away from us – Connacht played well and deserved the victory, but we are keen to go out and make things right this weekend.

“The Stormers are almost the complete team – they have reached the final in both of the URC seasons to date, they have some outstanding players in both the forwards and the backs, and they are exactly the type of challenge that we are excited about facing.”

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