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Scotland star makes injury comeback for last-16 clash with Harlequins

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Sione Tuipulotu - PA

Sione Tuipulotu will return from injury to make his first Glasgow appearance since January in Friday night’s Investec Champions Cup last-16 clash with Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop.

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The 27-year-old centre has been sidelined since sustaining medial collateral ligament damage in Scotland’s Calcutta Cup win over England on February 24.

After sitting out the national team’s two closing Six Nations matches against Italy and Ireland, as well as his club’s United Rugby Championship victories over Cardiff and Scarlets last month, Tuipulotu has been declared fit to start for Warriors as they bid to reach a third quarter-final in Europe’s premier club competition.

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“We are pleased to welcome Sione back into the starting line-up and his return is testament to the hard work and dedication of both Sione and our medical and S&C teams,” head coach Franco Smith told the Glasgow website.

Tuipulotu’s return goes some way to offsetting the absence of fellow Scotland centre Huw Jones, who is still out with a hand injury sustained against Ireland three weeks ago.

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Jamie Bhatti, Sebastian Cancelliere, Richie Gray, JP du Preez, Ollie Smith, George Turner and Sione Vailanu are among the other key players Warriors are missing through injury.

Glasgow are still able to field a starting XV containing 11 Scotland internationals, with Johnny Matthews, Matt Fagerson, Jack Dempsey and Kyle Steyn all back in after being rested for last weekend’s 45-3 win at Parc y Scarlets.

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“Training this week has been competitive, with everyone looking to put their hand up for selection,” added Smith.

“We look forward to seeing and hearing our travelling supporters in the stands tomorrow night, as they continue to join us on our European journey.”

GLASGOW WARRIORS:
1 Nathan McBeth
2 Johnny Matthews
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Max Williamson
5 Scott Cummings
6 Matt Fagerson
7 Rory Darge
8 Jack Dempsey
9 George Horne
10 Tom Jordan
11 Kyle Rowe
12 Sione Tuipulotu
13 Stafford McDowall
14 Kyle Steyn (C)
15 Josh McKay

REPLACEMENTS:
16 Gregor Hiddleston
17 Oli Kebble
18 Lucio Sordoni
19 Sintu Manjezi
20 Ally Miller
21 Henco Venter
22 Jamie Dobie
23 Duncan Weir

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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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