United Rugby Championship Team Announcements Round 7

United Rugby Championship Team Announcements Round 7

The teams for Friday night's Round 7 fixtures of the BKT United Rugby Championship have been named with all details of match officials and broadcast information below.



  • Aaron Shingler and Tom Rogers return from injury while Ryan Conbeer set to make his 50th appearance for Scarlets
  • Ben Brownlee great nephew of Ronnie Dawson, former Leinster hooker and captain of the British & Irish Lions and Ireland is set to make his debut alongside Tadgh McElroy and Charlie Tector if called upon from the bench


  • Alex Samuel to make his professional debut for Glasgow Warriors. Euan Ferrie is also set to make his debut if called upon from the replacements
  • Rhyno Smith returns to Benetton's starting XV at fullback




Scarlets v Leinster

Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli – KO 19.35 IRE & UK / 20.35 ITA & SA

Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR, 28th league game)

AR 1: Adam Jones (WRU) AR 2:  Simon Mills (WRU)

TMO: Matteo Liperini (FIR)

Live on: BBC Wales, TG4, Premier Sports, SuperSport, Discovery + & URC.tv

Scarlets: Johnny McNicholl, Tom Rogers, Steff Evans, Jonathan Davies (CAPT), Ryan Conbeer; Dan Jones, Gareth Davies, Steff Thomas, Daf Hughes, Harri O’Connor, Jac Price, Tom Price, Aaron Shingler, Dan Thomas, Sione Kalamafoni

Replacements: Shaun Evans, Kemsley Mathias, WillGriff John, Morgan Jones, Iwan Shenton, Archie Hughes, Rhys Patchell, Corey Baldwin

Leinster: Chris Cosgrave, Rob Russell, Liam Turner, Charlie Ngatai, Dave Kearney, Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath, Ed Byrne, John McKee, Thomas Clarkson, Ross Molony, Jason Jenkins, Rhys Ruddock (CAPT), Scott Penny, Max Deegan

Replacements: Tadgh McElroy, Michael Milne, Vakhtang Abdaladze, Brian Deeny, Martin Moloney, Nick McCarthy, Charlie Tector, Ben Brownlee

Scarlets Head Coach Dwayne Peel said: “People will obviously doubt us against Leinster, but it’s a great opportunity for us to have a go at them. We understand what is coming here. We know they are a quality outfit and have strength in depth. They are well coached and well drilled. It’s going to be a big challenge for us, but we are confident we can get amongst them and try and upset them.”


Glasgow Warriors v Benetton

Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow – KO 19.35 IRE & UK / 20.35 ITA & SA

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU, 38th league game)

AR 1: Finlay Brown (SRU) AR 2: Michael Todd (SRU)

TMO: Sean Brickell (WRU)

Live on: Premier Sports, Discovery +, Eurosport, SuperSport & URC.tv

Glasgow Warriors: Josh McKay, Sebastian Cancelliere, Kyle Steyn (CAPT), Stafford McDowall, Rufus McLean, Domingo Miotti, Jamie Dobie, Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown, Murphy Walker, Sintu Manjezi, Alex Samuel, Ryan Wilson, Gregor Brown, Sione Vailanu

Replacements: Johnny Matthews, Nathan McBeth, Simon Berghan, JP du Preez, Lewis Bean, Euan Ferrie, Sean Kennedy, Tom Jordan

Benetton: Rhyno Smith, Ignacio Mendy, Joaquin Riera, Marco Zanon, Mattia Bellini, Giacomo Da Re, Dewaldt Duvenage (CAPT), Nahuel Tetaz, Federico Zani, Tiziano Pasquali, Scott Scrafton, Carl Wegner, Giovanni Pettinelli, Sebastian Negri, Henry Time-Stowers

Replacements: Manuel Arroyo, Thomas Gallo, Filippo Alongi, Marco Lazzaroni, Abraham Steyn, Alessandro Izekor, Alessandro Garbisi, Marcus Watson

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Franco Smith said“After a disrupted few weeks everyone is looking forward to getting back to playing rugby in front of our home crowd tomorrow evening. It’s great to be able to welcome Jamie Dobie back into the side and we’re looking forward to seeing Alex [Samuel] and Euan [Ferrie] earn their debuts. Tomorrow is another challenge - Benetton out-performed us in the first week and we need to be at our best to rectify that tomorrow at Scotstoun in front of our home crowd.”

Benetton Head Coach Marco Bortolami said: “Playing away from home we have already experienced that it is a very big challenge, so we will prepare for a tough game but we will go there with the intention of winning the game. By better managing some situations, even basic ones, that got out of hand against the (Vodacom) Bulls we will be able to realise the opportunities created. We must be confident and have the energy to finish the first block of the season in the best possible way. Glasgow at home is a team that plays a lot of ball in hand starting with their own half. We will have to be able to defend for many phases, being careful and trying to hold up for the whole 80 minutes. Compared to the game against the (Vodacom) Bulls we expect a much faster match than less based on pure physicality.”

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