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Huw Jones to make second debut for Glasgow Warriors

By PA
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Huw Jones will finally make his first appearance since returning to Glasgow when Warriors open their European campaign against Bath.

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The Scotland centre will play his 50th game for the club after recovering from the back injury he suffered during his final outing for Harlequins last season.

Warriors have at least two players making their debuts in the Challenge Cup opener, both in the back row.

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Cameron Neild lines up at openside flanker following his recent move from Worcester while 23-year-old Jack Mann will make his professional breakthrough when he lines up at number eight following some impressive displays for Heriot’s in the FOSROC Super6.

Hooker Angus Fraser could also make his professional debut off the bench.

Head coach Franco Smith, who has named a much-changed team featuring the likes of Jamie Dobie, Jamie Bhatti, JP Du Preez and Lewis Bean, said: “After a strong showing away to Zebre Parma last weekend, everyone is looking forward carrying that momentum into Bath and starting our Challenge Cup journey.

“It’s great to be able to welcome Huw Jones back in a Warriors jersey and give the opportunity to three new Warriors – Cameron, Jack and Angus. All are exciting talents and everyone at the club is looking forward to seeing them take the field.

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“I know Johann (van Graan) well and Bath at The Rec will be a tough test. They play a powerful brand of rugby and (this) is a great opportunity to test ourselves against a formidable Premiership side.”

Duncan Weir could make his first appearance of the season off the bench after recovering from a calf injury while Zander Fagerson (hamstring) and Oli Kebble (shoulder) drop out after suffering injuries against Zebre.

Cole Forbes (neck) and Jack Dempsey (groin) are also absent after picking up short-term injuries.

GLASGOW WARRIORS:
1 Jamie Bhatti
2 George Turner
3 Simon Berghan
4 Lewis Bean
5 JP du Preez
6 Ryan Wilson
7 Cameron Neild
8 Jack Mann
9 Jamie Dobie
10 Domingo Miotti
11 Rufus McLean
12 Stafford McDowall
13 Huw Jones
14 Kyle Steyn (C)
15 Ollie Smith

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Replacements
16 Angus Fraser
17 Nathan McBeth
18 Lucio Sordoni
19 Richie Gray
20 Euan Ferrie
21 Sean Kennedy
22 Duncan Weir
23 Walter Fifita

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