Glasgow v Castres: Heineken Cup match preview
Last Updated: 07/12/12 7:32pm
Glasgow have made three changes to the side to face Castres in the Heineken Cup at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday.
Coach Gregor Townsend has named Tommy Seymour - the Warriors' joint top scorer - on the wing, with Scott Wight taking back the number 10 berth and Henry Pyrgos as his half-back partner.
Stuart Hogg again forms Glasgow's centre partnership with Peter Horne.
Josh Strauss returns to the back-row alongside Rob Harley and John Barclay at blindside and openside flanker respectively. The return of the South African means Ryan Wilson will move to the bench.
Having this week extended his stay at the Warriors until at least May 2016, Mike Cusack once again takes up the tighthead role, continuing his run of appearances this season.
Sean Maitland is in line to make his Warriors debut off the bench, having joined the Warriors from the Crusaders.
Castres arrive following a 31-15 away victory to Mont-de-Marsan in the Top 14 last weekend, and will be desperate to climb higher in their Pool 4 Heineken Cup group.
Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Stuart Hogg, 12 Peter Horne, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Scott Wight, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 John Barclay, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Al Kellock (c), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Mike Cusack, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Pat Macarthur, 17 Moray Low, 18 Gordon Reid, 19 Tom Ryder, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Niko Matawalu, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Sean Maitland.
Castres: 15 Romain Martial, 14 Marcel Garvey, 13 Seremaia Bai, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 Maxwell Evans, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Jannie Bornman, 6 Ibrahim Diarra, 5 Christophe Samson, 4 Matthias Rolland, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Mathieu Bonello, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Mihaïta Lazar, 18 Anton Peikrishvili, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Yannick Caballero, 21 Thomas Sanchou, 22 Paul Bonnefond, 23 Daniel Kirkpatrick.
What they said...
Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend:
"We're keeping faith with the core group of players who were beaten by Munster as we know that that level of performance was not a true reflection of that side.
"I expect see a reaction and a determination from those players to prove that they deserve their place.
"We are coming off the back of what was a disappointing performance against Munster last week, particularly as we believed we were capable of leaving Thomond Park with a win.
"We pride ourselves on being tough to beat and we didn't do that in Ireland. There has been a renewed determination this week as that was a difficult defeat to take."