United Rugby Championship: Morne Steyn back at 10 for Bulls against Glasgow Warriors

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The United Rugby Championship round kicks off with two games on Friday as the Bulls take on Glasgow Warriors while Munster host Cardiff.

Bulls v Glasgow Warriors

The Bulls welcome Glasgow Warriors to Loftus Versfeld as the race for playoffs spots heats up with only two rounds remaining.

For the home side, James Verity-Amm earns a rare start with Canan Moodie shifting from the wing to full-back, displaying his versatility. Meanwhile, veteran fly-half Morne Steyn returns to the starting lineup with scrum-half Zak Burger in a new halfback pairing.

In the forwards, former Springbok flanker Arno Botha reclaims his spot in the starting side with Cyle Brink on the bench as loose forward cover.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors have made seven changes from their loss to the Stormers last time out, with captain Ryan Wilson returning to the starting lineup. Jamie Bhatti and George Turner slot in the front-row while Rob Harley comes into the second-row to complete the changes to the tight five.

Amongst the backs, Duncan Weir returns at fly-half to make up a new halfback pairing with scrum-half Ali Price with Stafford McDowall starting in the centres.

The final alteration sees Cole Forbes coming in for the injured Kyle Steyn on the left wing.

The teams:

Bulls:15 Canan Moodie, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marcell Coetzee (c), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp
Replacements: 16 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dylan Smith, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Harold Vorster

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ollie Smith, 14 Josh McKay, 13 Sione Tuipulotu, 12 Stafford McDowall, 11 Cole Forbes, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Ali Price, 8 Jack Dempsey , 7 Rory Darge, 6 Ryan Wilson (C), 5 Richie Gray, 4 Rob Harley, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Jamie Bhatti
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Thomas Gordon, 21 Jamie Dobie, 22 Ross Thompson, 23 Sam Johnson

Venue: Loftus Versfeld
Kick-off: 19:00 local (18:00 BST, 17:00 GMT)
Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)
Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs (SARU) Griffin Colby (SARU)
TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)

Munster v Cardiff

Despite making some changes, Munster have named a strong matchday squad to take on Cardiff in another crucial clash in the United Rugby Championship.

In the backline, Mike Haley keeps his place at full-back with Calvin Nash and Simon Zebo coming into the side on either wing.

Rory Scannell starts at inside centre with Chris Farrell keeping his place at 13 as Conor Murray and Ben Healy form the half-back partnership.

Up front, John Ryan joins Jeremy Loughman and Diarmuid Barron in the front-row with Thomas Ahern starting in the engine room alongside Jean Kleyn.

Captain Peter O’Mahony, Greencore Munster Rugby Academy man Alex Kendellen and Jack O’Donoghue complete the side.

Academy hooker Scott Buckley is among the replacements and in line to make his seventh appearance of the campaign.

Flanker Jack Daly is set for his first appearance since January after a spell on the sidelines with injury.

Ireland international trio Craig Casey, Joey Carbery and Shane Daly provide the backline back-up.

Meanwhile, Jared Evans and Lloyd Williams come into Cardiff’s starting lineup as a new look halfback pairing. The backline remains unchanged otherwise since their last outing.

In the forwards, Kristian Dacey and Dillon Lewis join Rhye Carre in the front-row with no change in the second-row.

Josh Botham joins the loose trio while Josh Navidi captains the side.

The teams:

Munster: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ben Healy, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack O’Donoghue, 7 Alex Kendellen, 6 Peter O’Mahony (c), 5 Thomas Ahern, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 John Ryan, 2 Diarmuid Barron, 1 Jeremy Loughman
Replacements: 16 Scott Buckley, 17 Josh Wycherley, 18 Keynan Knox, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Jack Daly, 21 Craig Casey, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Shane Daly

Cardiff: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Max Llewellyn, 11 Theo Cabango, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 James Ratti, 7 Josh Navidi (c), 6 James Botham, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Rhys Carré
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Keiron Assiratti, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Jamie Hill, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Garyn Smith

Venue: Musgrave Park
Kick-off: 19:35 BST (18:35 GMT)
Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU)
Assistant Referees: Frank Murphy (IRFU), Robbie Jenkinson (IRFU)
TMO: Leo Colgan (IRFU)

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