Reid set to make 100th appearance as Leicester come to town

Scotland international prop Gordon Reid will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow Warriors in the European Rugby Champions Cup opener against Leicester at Scotstoun Stadium tomorrow evening.Gordon Reid will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow Warriors tomorrow

Reid continues at loose-head following the bonus point win in Parma last weekend, with Zander Fagerson coming in at tight-head and Fraser Brown keeping his place at hooker.

Fresh from signing a new contract with Glasgow through until May 2019, Stuart Hogg returns at full-back, with Italian international Leonardo Sarto coming in on the right wing and Rory Hughes will make his European debut for the club on the opposite side.

Alex Dunbar and Sam Johnson combine in midfield, with Finn Russell returning at fly-half and Henry Pyrgos coming back in at scrum-half.

Tim Swinson returns from injury and will partner Jonny Gray in the engine room, after the Scotland international was rested last weekend.

Rob Harley moves from second-row to blind-side flanker, with Ryan Wilson and Josh Strauss switching places, with Wilson starting at open-side and Strauss at Number 8.

BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy duo Matt Fagerson and Lewis Wynne are named amongst the replacements and could make their European debuts for the club.

The game is a complete sell out with a capacity crowd of 7,351 expected at Scotstoun tomorrow night.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “The European Rugby Champions Cup is a brilliant tournament to be involved in and an opportunity for us to play the best teams in Europe.

“Leicester have been one of Europe’s leading sides for a number of years and we know they’ll provide a tough test tomorrow night.

“But there is a lot of excitement within our squad and we’re looking forward to opening our campaign at home in front of a sold out Scotstoun.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Leicester in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Scotstoun Stadium, Friday 14 October (kick-off 7.45pm) – live on BT Sport 2 and follow all the action on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. (Glasgow Warriors caps and European caps in brackets):

15. Stuart Hogg (87) (24)
14. Leonardo Sarto (5) (14)
13. Alex Dunbar (86) (18)
12. Sam Johnson (14) (3)
11. Rory Hughes (19) (0)
10. Finn Russell (50) (12)
9. Henry Pyrgos (109) (21) CO-CAPTAIN 
 
1. Gordon Reid (99) (15)
2. Fraser Brown (51) (7)
3. Zander Fagerson (38) (6)
4. Tim Swinson (80) (36)
5. Jonny Gray (60) (14) CO-CAPTAIN
6. Rob Harley (142) (26)
7. Ryan Wilson (115) (24)
8. Josh Strauss (93) (17) 
 
Replacements 
 
16. Pat MacArthur (138) (31)
17. Alex Allan (30) (7)
18. Sila Puafisi (26) (14)
19. Matt Fagerson (3) (0)
20. Lewis Wynne (6) (0)
21. Ali Price (26) (3)
22. Mark Bennett (53) (8)
23. Sean Lamont (101) (56)
 
Not available due to injury: Adam Ashe (hip / foot), Rory Clegg (shoulder), Scott Cummings (shoulder), Simone Favaro (shoulder), Corey Flynn (hamstring), Chris Fusaro (knees), Ryan Grant (back), Peter Horne (hand), Lee Jones (knee), Greg Peterson (shoulder), Tommy Seymour (back), Tjiuee Uanivi (shoulder) and Richie Vernon (shoulder).
Written by
Jeremy Bone