Preview: Treviso v Glasgow Warriors

Date published: December 30 2016

Treviso Head Coach Kieran Crowley has made three changes to his side for their PRO12 encounter with Glasgow Warriors.

Captain Luke McLean starts at full-back while Angelo Esposito and Luca Sperandio will be the wingers. Tommaso Benvenuti and Luca Morisi will form the midfield partnership.

The half-backs are Giorgio Bronzini at scrum-half and Tommaso Allan at fly-half.

The front-row will consist of Alberto De Marchi, Davide Giazzon and Matteo Zanusso. The locks will be Marco Fuser and Dean Budd. Finally, the back-row sees Robert Barbieri, Abraham Steyn and Marco Barbini completing the starting line-up.

Meanwhile, Stuart Hogg will start at fly-half for Glasgow Warriors for the first time in the PRO12 match away to Treviso on Saturday.

Despite having moved to the fly-half position during games and starting there for the British and Irish Lions, it is the first time Hogg will wear the Warriors number 10 shirt.

Rob Harley could make his 150th appearance for the club from the bench and would join an elite group of six other players who have reached that milestone.

With Hogg moving up field, Peter Murchie starts at full-back and will be flanked by Tommy Seymour and Junior Bulumakau, who has scored in both of his appearances for Glasgow so far this season, with the most recent coming in the win over Edinburgh Rugby at Murrayfield on Monday.

Nick Grigg starts at outside centre and was named Man of the Match in Glasgow's previous trip to Italy this season in the win over Zebre. He once again teams up with Sam Johnson in the centres.

Combining with Hogg, Henry Pyrgos will captain the side from scrum-half.

In the pack, Gordon Reid and D'arcy Rae return to the squad with Rae facing the team he played for on loan. Pat MacArthur starts at hooker.

Tim Swinson and Brian Alainu'uese are the locks, while at blind-side flanker Adam Ashe makes his first start of the season after making his return from injury from the bench last Monday at Murrayfield.

Chris Fusaro starts on the opposite flank and Ryan Wilson returns to complete the back-row packing down at number eight.

On the bench Fiji international scrum-half Nemia Kenatale is in line to make his Warriors debut.

Simone Favaro will be eager to feature against his former club and Harley, Alex Allan, Corey Flynn and Zander Fagerson are the other forwards replacements. Rory Clegg and Sean Lamont complete the 23.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "Stuart (Hogg) has covered at 10 a number of times this season and ran in the position a lot at training. He has all the attributes to play well there and we're looking forward to seeing him getting even more touches of the ball this weekend.

"Welcoming Adam (Ashe) back to the starting XV is a boost. He has worked hard to get himself back fit and looked sharp when he came on at BT Murrayfield. The squad is in a good place and have recovered well from the game against Edinburgh, as we have trained with real intensity this week. We will need that intensity over in Italy against a side that are full of confidence having also won their previous three games.

"It is worth highlighting a potential milestone for Rob Harley who could make his 150th appearance from the bench. Rob is one of the hardest workers in our squad and has been a consistent high performer for a number of seasons. We look forward to seeing him go on to become the most capped Warrior in the club's history."

Form: Treviso have won their last three matches in all competitions but have not won four in a row since 2011/12. The Italians have not beaten a Scottish opponent since Edinburgh visited Stadio Monigo in March 2014. Glasgow Warriors have won their last three matches in all competitions, with their victory over Edinburgh in the PRO12 on Boxing Day ending a three game losing run in the Championship. Warriors have won their last 21 encounters with Italian opponents. Treviso have not beaten Glasgow Warriors since they visited Firhill in September 2011 and won 15-13.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Robert Barbieri, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Matteo Zanusso, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Roberto Santamaria, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Teofilo Paulo, 20 Marco Lazzaroni, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Tommaso Iannone

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Junior Bulumakau, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Stuart Hogg, 9 Henry Pyrgos (c), 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Adam Ashe, 5 Brian Alainu'uese, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 D'arcy Rae, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Rob Harley, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Nemia Kenatale, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Sean Lamont

Date: Saturday, January 31
Venue: Stadio Monigo,
Time: 14:05pm Local (13:05pm)
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell, Claudio Blessano
TMO: Jon Mason

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