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Glasgow to welcome Alex Dunbar back from injury

Published 15/10/2015

Alex Dunbar will make his return from injury for Glasgow after missing out on Scotland's World Cup squad
Alex Dunbar will make his return from injury for Glasgow after missing out on Scotland's World Cup squad

Scotland centre Alex Dunbar will make his long-awaited comeback for Glasgow on Friday seven months after rupturing knee ligaments.

The 25-year-old suffered the devastating injury on the eve of the Dark Blues' RBS 6 Nations clash with England back in March, ending his hopes of featuring at the World Cup.

But he is now ready to return to action and will start at 13 as the Warriors face the Dragons in Guinness Pro12 action at Scotstoun.

Australia international winger Taqele Naiyaravoro will also make his debut for Gregor Townsend's side .

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

The 25-year-old returns to action after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in March while training with Scotland.

Head coach Townsend said: "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.

"The games between ourselves and Dragons 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.

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

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 tight-head, with Alex Allan named at loose-head 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 blind-side flanker, with Chris Fusaro and Adam Ashe remaining at open-side and number eight respectively.

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

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