Preview: Glasgow v Dragons

Date published: October 15 2015

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Australia wing Taqele Naiyaravoro will make his Glasgow Warriors debut at Scotstoun Stadium tomorrow in the PRO12 clash with the Dragons.

The Fijian-born 23-year-old, who has been training with his new teammates for the last couple of weeks, goes straight into the Warriors' starting XV.

Glasgow have also been boosted by the return of centre Alex Dunbar. The 25-year-old returns to action after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in March while training with Scotland.

Following the narrow defeat to Munster a fortnight ago, Rory Hughes keeps his place at full-back and Lee Jones continues on the left wing, with Naiyaravoro coming in to make up the back-three.

Dunbar partners Fraser Lyle in midfield, with Rory Clegg and Grayson Hart continuing their half-back partnership. Zander Fagerson comes in for D’arcy Rae at tighthead, with Alex Allan named at loosehead and Pat MacArthur at hooker. 

Rob Harley and Scott Cummings are once again in the Warriors engine room, with Harley continuing to captain the side.

Hugh Blake moves into the back row and starts at blindside flanker, with Chris Fusaro and Adam Ashe remaining at openside and number eight respectively.

New signings Greg Peterson and Simone Favaro have been named amongst the replacements and could make their competitive debuts for the club.

Junior Bulumakau is also on the Warriors bench after scoring two tries for the British Army against the Australian Forces in the 2015 International Defence competition last week.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "The games between the sides are normally very competitive and they have played very well in their last two visits to Scotstoun.

"The Dragons have a very settled squad, so we're expecting another tough encounter tomorrow evening.

"It's great to welcome back Alex Dunbar from injury and also see Taqele Naiyaravoro make his debut for the club. Both players will no doubt have a big part to play this season.

"We're expecting another capacity crowd at Scotstoun, which is a real boost and shows just how much rugby is growing in the city."

Meanwhile, international winger Aled Brew makes his first start of the season for the Dragons this weekend.

In addition to Brew there have been three personnel changes to the starting line-up. The formation of the backs remains unchanged with the exception of Aled Brew being named in the back three alongside fellow wing Ashton Hewitt and full-back Carl Meyer.

The front row sees one change made to it as hooker Elliot Dee returns to the fold alongside props Boris Stankovich and Brok Harris.

The second row remains unchanged with Nick Crosswell and skipper Rynard Landman getting the nod. However the back row sees the inclusion of flankers Lewis Evans and Nic Cudd, who join number eight Ed Jackson.

Form: All three of Glasgow Warriors matches in the PRO12 so far this season have been decided by a single score with Glasgow's solitary victory being 33-32 at home to Connacht in Round 2 whilst they've earned a losing bonus point in both of their defeats. The Scotsmen have lost their last two fixtures against Welsh regions but have not lost three in a row against those opponents since 2006. Newport Gwent Dragons have won just one of their last four PRO12 encounters: 13-0 at home to Zebre in Round 2. Dragons have won just once on visits to Scotland since March 2012: 23-8 at Glasgow in November 2013. In each of the past three years a season's double has been achieved in matches between the two sides – Glasgow taking both encounters in the PRO12 in season 2012/13 and 2014/15, but Dragons achieving the same in 2013/14.

The teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Rory Hughes, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Fraser Lyle, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Grayson Hart, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Hugh Blake, 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Rob Harley (c), 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Alex Allan
Replacements: 16 Fergus Scott, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Mike Cusack, 19 Greg Peterson, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Mike Blair, 22 Gregor Hunter, 23 Junior Bulumakau

Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Ross Wardle, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Ed Jackson, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans, 5 Rynard Landman (c), 4 Nick Crosswell, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Boris Stankovich
Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Phil Price, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Ollie Griffiths, 21 Luc Jones, 22 Charlie Davies, 23 Nick Scott

Date: Friday, October 16
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow
Kick-off: 19:35 BST (18:35 GMT)
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)
Assistant Referees: Neil Paterson, Stephen Hart (both SRU)
TMO: John Montgomery (SRU)

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