Paris security won’t distract Glasgow

Date published: January 7 2016

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Glasgow Warriors boss Gregor Townsend doesn't believe the team's security in Paris will be a distraction for their game with Racing 92.

The fixture was originially postponed having been scheduled to take place on the weekend of the terror attacks in Paris last November.

"As a playing group we get on a bus and go straight to the stadium, so it won't affect us," Townsend told the BBC.

'It's the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and we saw on the news that there had been another incident in Paris, so security will be a priority for us and for Racing.

"We are certainly aware there will be more security on show around the game and around our hotel.

"But I'm not worried about it being a distraction. The best security is the security you don't see.

"It will be more the supporters who have to take that little bit more time getting through security for the game."

Racing currently lead the Top 14 after an impressive winning run that has coincided with the arrival of World Rugby Player of the Year, Dan Carter.

Townsend knows that Glasgow have to win out from now until the end of the pool stages in order to top Pool 3.

''Since the original match in November was postponed they've become the best team on France and are top of their league," added Townsend.

''It's a huge match for use, we are still very much in the mix in the pool. Our destiny is very much in the hands of ourselves and Racing.

"If we win our remaining three matches we win the pool; if Racing win their matches they win the pool.

"If we lose tomorrow we have to look to the last two matches and see what we need to do to finish as pool runners up."

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