Strauss to make 100th appearance against Racing 92

Josh Strauss will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow Warriors in tomorrow night’s European Rugby Champions Cup match against Racing 92 at Scotstoun.Josh Strauss will make his 100th appearance for the club tomorrow night

The Warriors won 23-14 against the French side in Paris last Saturday.

All 7,351 tickets have been sold for the Pool 1 encounter, which will be shown live on BT Sport 2.

Stuart Hogg continues at full-back and Tommy Seymour and Lee Jones complete the back-three.

Alex Dunbar, who scored one of the tries last weekend, links up with Sam Johnson in midfield.

Last week’s Man of the Match Finn Russell is at fly-half and Ali Price, who scored Glasgow’s second try in Paris, starts at scrum-half.

In the pack Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson pack down in the front-row, with Tim Swinson and captain Jonny Gray in the engine room.

The backrow trio of Rob Harley, Strauss and Ryan Wilson complete the starting line-up, with Simone Favaro missing out through injury.

Chris Fusaro comes onto the bench and Henry Pyrgos, who signed a new two-year deal with the club this week, is once again named amongst the replacements.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Both teams will know each other better and the players will have more of an understanding of each other of what is required to win. 

"Racing 92 are a quality side and played some excellent rugby against us last weekend. We’ve got to ensure that we deliver an even better performance against them tomorrow.

“It will be a special night for Josh (Strauss) and his family with him making his 100th appearance for the club.

“We can’t wait to get out in front of a sold-out crowd who can bring their energy into our performance and we’re hoping for a really noisy atmosphere tomorrow night.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Racing 92 in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Scotstoun Stadium. Friday 16 December live on BT Sport 2 (kick-off 7.45pm). You can also follow the action on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. Glasgow Warriors appearances and European appearances in brackets:

15. Stuart Hogg (91) (27)
14. Tommy Seymour (92) (23)
13. Alex Dunbar (89) (21)
12. Sam Johnson (19) (6)
11. Lee Jones (42) (20)
10. Finn Russell (54) (15)
9. Ali Price (32) (6)

1. Gordon Reid (104) (18)
2. Fraser Brown (55) (10)
3. Zander Fagerson (41) (9)
4. Tim Swinson (87) (39)
5. Jonny Gray (Captain) (64) (17)
6. Rob Harley (147) (29)
7. Ryan Wilson (120) (27)
8. Josh Strauss (99) (20)

Replacements:

16. Corey Flynn (9) (9)
17. Alex Allan (35) (10)
18. Sila Puafisi (32) (17)
19. Brian Alainu'uese (4) (1)
20. Chris Fusaro (113) (23)
21. Henry Pyrgos (113) (24)
22. Mark Bennett (59) (11)
23. Sean Lamont (105) (59)

Not available due to injury: Scott Cummings (shoulder), Simone Favaro (shoulder), Jarrod Firth (neck), Peter Horne (knee / ankle), Rory Hughes (knee), Peter Murchie (trunk), Greg Peterson (shoulder), Leonardo Sarto (shoulder), Tjiuee Uanivi (shoulder) and Richie Vernon (shoulder).

Written by
Jeremy Bone