Team named for Munster clash

Gregor Townsend has named his side to face Munster in the European Rugby Champions Cup at a sold out Scotstoun Stadium tomorrow.

Having been rested in last week’s victory over Cardiff Blues, Stuart Hogg returns to the side at full-back.

Fresh from signing a new deal with the club, Tommy Seymour starts on the right wing after his man-of-the-match performance against the Welsh side last Saturday, Lee Jones is named on the other wing.

Alex Dunbar and Mark Bennett continue their partnership in midfield, as do Ali Price and Finn Russell in the half-back positions.

In the front row, Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson are recalled to the starting XV joining Gordon Reid.

Tim Swinson is another to have pledged his future to the club this week and he joins captain Jonny Gray in the middle of the pack.

Rob Harley starts at blind-side flanker, joining Ryan Wilson at open-side and Josh Strauss at Number 8 to complete the side.

On the bench there are potential European debuts for D’arcy Rae and Matt Fagerson in the forward pack.

Centurions Pat MacArthur, Chris Fusaro and Peter Murchie will look to bring their experience to the game should they come on and they are joined amongst the replacements by Nick Grigg and Scotland Internationals Alex Allan and Grayson Hart. 

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “It’s great to be involved in such a key European game and our players are looking forward to the match.

“We’ve built up some good momentum over the past few weeks, but Munster are also in a rich vein of form so we are going to have to deliver a big performance to get a win tomorrow night. 

“They work hard as a team, whether it’s in the set-piece in defence or on kick-chase so the Scotstoun crowd will need to be even louder than they were last weekend to drive our players throughout the contest.

“It is exciting for D’arcy (Rae) and Matt (Fagerson) to be involved in their first European fixture. D’arcy has started the last two matches and played really well and we’re seeing him improve every time he plays.

"It is Matt’s first year in the Academy and he has made a lot of progress in a short period of time. He is aggressive and dynamic, and I’m certain he'll take the game to the opposition should he come on.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Munster in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Scotstoun Stadium, Saturday 14 January live on Sky Sports (kick-off 5.30pm). You can also follow the action on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. Glasgow Warriors appearances and European appearances in brackets:

15. Stuart Hogg (94) (28)
14. Tommy Seymour (95) (24)
13. Mark Bennett (62) (12)
12. Alex Dunbar (92) (22)
11. Lee Jones (45) (21)
10. Finn Russell (57) (16)
9. Ali Price (35) (7)

1. Gordon Reid (107) (19)
2. Fraser Brown (57) (11)
3. Zander Fagerson (45) (10)
4. Tim Swinson (90) (40)
5. Jonny Gray CAPTAIN (67) (18)
6. Rob Harley (151) (30)
7. Ryan Wilson (123) (27)
8. Josh Strauss (102) (21)

Replacements: 

16. Pat MacArthur (146) (34)
17. Alex Allan (39) (11)
18. D’arcy Rae (15) (0)
19. Matt Fagerson (6) (0)
20. Chris Fusaro (116) (24)
21. Grayson Hart (29) (8)
22. Nick Grigg (9) (1)
23. Peter Murchie (110) (16)

Not available due to injury: Scott Cummings (shoulder), Simone Favaro (ankle), Jarrod Firth (neck), Peter Horne (knee/ankle), Rory Hughes (knee), Sean Lamont (back), Greg Peterson (shoulder), Henry Pyrgos (knee), Sila Puafisi (concussion), Leonardo Sarto (shoulder), Matt Smith (shoulder), Tjiuee Uanivi (shoulder) and Richie Vernon (shoulder).