Darcy Graham returns as Scottish sides battle for 1872 Cup

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  • Richie Gray
    Scottish rugby union footballer
  • Zander Fagerson
    Scottish rugby union footballer and coach
  • Jamie Bhatti
    Rugby union player (1993-)
  • Johnny Matthews
    English rugby union player
  • George Turner
    Scottish rugby union player

A starting Glasgow XV containing 12 internationals will take to the field for the opening match of this season’s 1872 Cup as the Warriors welcome Edinburgh to Scotstoun.

Sebastian Cancelliere’s inclusion is the only alteration to the side that claimed a dominant 22-7 victory over Exeter last time out, as Danny Wilson’s men look to start their trophy defence on the front foot.

George Turner packs down once again at hooker, joining Scotland colleagues Jamie Bhatti and Zander Fagerson in the front-row.

Scott Cummings partners Richie Gray in the engine room, linking up for the third successive match in the second row.

Jack Dempsey continues at number eight after his player of the match-winning display against Exeter last weekend, as Rory Darge and Matt Fagerson join the Australian as part of a dynamic back-row triumvirate.

Scotland scrum-half continues as captain

Ali Price continues as captain in the absence of club co-captains Ryan Wilson and Fraser Brown, with Ross Thompson lining up at fly-half 51 weeks on from his professional debut against the men from the capital.

Kyle Steyn moves to outside centre in place of the unavailable Sione Tuipulotu, teaming up with Sam Johnson to form the midfield combination.

Steyn’s shift infield allows for the inclusion of Cancelliere on the wing, with Cole Forbes and Josh McKay retaining their places in the back-three after an impressive showing against Exeter.

On the bench, Johnny Matthews continues in the number 16 jersey, having rumbled over for his first try in European competition in last weekend’s victory over Exeter.

Murphy Walker comes back into the matchday 23 for the first time since October’s victory over the Lions at Scotstoun, joining Oli Kebble as the cover at prop.

Kiran McDonald and Thomas Gordon retain their places after coming off the bench against Exeter, whilst Duncan Weir’s selection sees the fly-half in line for his first 1872 Cup clash for Glasgow since the 2015/16 season.

George Horne and Stafford McDowall complete the replacements, the latter in line for his first outing since coming off the bench against Zebre Parma back in October.

Meanwhile, Scotland winger Darcy Graham returns to Edinburgh’s starting line-up for the 1872 Cup first leg match against Glasgow at Scotstoun.

Graham is one of 14 internationals selected in the capital side’s starting XV which also includes seven changes to the group that claimed a famous European victory against Saracens a fortnight ago.

Recently re-signed academy graduate Cammy Hutchison is selected at inside centre, while a refreshed half-back combination sees scrum-half Henry Pyrgos paired with stand-off Jaco van der Walt, who returns from injury to make his first start since October.

Three further changes are made to the pack as Fijian international Lee-Roy Atalifo gets the nod at tighthead prop, Scotland cap Jamie Hodgson is named at lock and Magnus Bradbury starts at number eight.

Monday’s clash is the first of back-to-back festive derbies, with the winner of world rugby’s oldest inter-city rivalry determined by aggregate format over the two fixtures.

Prediction: Glasgow by 6

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Josh McKay, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Kyle Steyn, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Cole Forbes, 10 Ross Thompson, 9 Ali Price (c), 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Rory Darge, 6 Matt Fagerson, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Jamie Bhatti
Replacements: 16 Johnny Matthews, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Murphy Walker, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Thomas Gordon, 21 George Horne, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Stafford McDowall

Edinburgh: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Cammy Hutchison, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Henry Pyrgos (c), 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Luke Crosbie, 5 Jamie Hodgson, 4 Marshall Sykes, 3 Lee-Roy Atalifo, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Replacements: 16 Dave Cherry, 17 Harrison Courtney, 18 Angus Williams, 19 Pierce Phillips, 20 Glen Young, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Charlie Savala, 23 Chris Dean

Venue: Scotstoun
Kick-off: 19:00 GMT
Referee: Ben Blain (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Keith Allen (Scotland), David Sutherland (Scotland)
TMO: Mike Adamson (Scotland)

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