Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Lineen gives debuts to trio

Sean Lineen

Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen will hand debuts to three players when they begin their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign against Ulster at Ravenhill on Friday.

Inside centre Troy Nathan, tight-head prop Mike Cusack and winger Tommy Seymour will all make their bows for the Warriors. A further two players, lock Nick Campbell and back-rower Rory Pitman, are in line to make their first competitive appearances for the club from the bench.

Lineen said: "I've been very impressed by how our new signings have made themselves at home and also made themselves heard."

He added: "I'm really looking forward to them delivering in a game context and they'll be helped to do that by a core of guys like Rob Dewey, Colin Shaw, Colin Gregor and James Eddie who know what being a Glasgow player is all about.

"Rob Harley will captain the team again. I was very happy with how he took to the role last week. He's a guy who will lead from the front and take others with him.

"We've had a very positive summer in terms of the players' desire to go out and do well for the Warriors - it's now about translating that into a good start to the RaboDirect PRO12 season on the field.

"We've got a lot of guys unavailable because of the IRB Rugby World Cup, and while that presents a number of challenges, it also gives other players the chance to really step up and make their mark."

Seymour told www.glasgowwarriors.org: "It's fantastic to be making my Glasgow debut in a place that means a lot to me from my Ulster days.

"There's been a good vibe around the squad in pre-season and the players are desperate for the competitive action to begin.

"Ravenhill can be a difficult place to go as an opposition player, but we've shown the attitude and the ability to win there in the past, and we certainly travel with confidence."

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