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Glasgow Warriors set to make debut on Scotstoun’s artificial pitch

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

9 Sep 2016

Puafisi

Gregor Townsend has named his team to play Leinster in the first home game of the new season tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm – live on Sky Sports 3).

The Warriors will run out on the new artificial pitch at Scotstoun Stadium for the first time in front of a crowd in excess of 7,000.

Following last Saturday’s 41-5 win over Connacht in Galway, Fraser Brown replaces Pat MacArthur at hooker and Sila Puafisi comes in for Zander Fagerson at tight-head.

After his man of the match display last weekend, Stuart Hogg once again starts at full-back, with Leonardo Sarto named on the right wing and Tommy Seymour lining up on the opposite side.

Alex Dunbar and Sam Johnson form the centre partnership, with Peter Horne and co-captain Henry Pyrgos continuing at fly-half and scrum-half respectively.

Gordon Reid is once again named at loose-head and he’ll pack down in the front-row alongside Brown and Puafisi.

Tim Swinson and co-captain Jonny Gray start their second consecutive game together in the engine room.

It’s also the same back-row which started in Galway last Saturday, with Rob Harley, Simone Favaro and Ryan Wilson combining.

Alex Allan and Lee Jones come onto the bench, with Ryan Grant and Sean Lamont not involved this weekend. Allan could make his first appearance in a Warriors shirt since February.

More than 7,100 tickets have been sold for tomorrow’s game and the last remaining tickets are available from glasgowwarriors.org.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “We were pleased with aspects of our game last weekend and it was good to start with a win, but there has been plenty to work on in training this week.

“We always have some really good contests with Leinster and they will be coming to Glasgow with confidence following their win against Treviso.

“We’re expecting a capacity crowd of more than 7,000 and we’re looking forward to being back home tomorrow afternoon, playing on the new pitch for the first time in front of our own supporters.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Leinster at Scotstoun Stadium, Saturday 10 September (kick-off 3pm) – live on Sky Sports 3:

15. Stuart Hogg
14. Leonardo Sarto
13. Alex Dunbar
12. Sam Johnson
11. Tommy Seymour
10. Peter Horne
9. Henry Pyrgos (Co-captain)

1. Gordon Reid
2. Fraser Brown
3. Sila Puafisi
4. Tim Swinson
5. Jonny Gray (Co-captain)
6. Rob Harley
7. Simone Favaro
8. Ryan Wilson

Replacements

16. Corey Flynn
17. Alex Allan
18. Zander Fagerson
19. Tjiuee Uanivi
20. Lewis Wynne
21. Ali Price
22. Rory Clegg
23. Lee Jones

Not available due to injury: Adam Ashe (hip / foot), Scott Cummings (shoulder), Chris Fusaro (knee), Ryan Grant (back), Sean Lamont (foot), Finn Russell (face) and Richie Vernon (achilles).