Preview: Dragons v Glasgow

Date published: February 24 2016

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Peter Murchie will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow when they tackle the Dragons at Rodney Parade in Thursday's PRO12 clash.

Alex Dunbar, Mike Blair, Fraser Brown and Lee Jones return from injury for the trip to Wales as the Warriors look to climb the standings.

Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson and Grayson Hart return from the Scotland squad and are named amongst the replacements.

"We're expecting a tough game in Newport tomorrow night," said Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend.

"Rodney Parade can be a difficult environment for away teams and the Dragons will be looking to get back to winning ways.

"We've been boosted by the return of Alex (Dunbar), Mike (Blair) and Fraser (Brown) this week. They've worked hard to get back to full fitness and it's great to see them all back in the starting line-up."

Meanwhile, the Dragons have made one change to their back three as wing Nick Scott replaces Hallam Amos and joins fellow wing Ashton Hewitt and full-back Carl Meyer.

The centre partnership is unchanged as Adam Hughes and Adam Warren get the nod. The half-backs also remain unchanged as fly-half Angus O’Brien gets the nod alongside scrum-half Sarel Pretorius. 

The front-row sees the inclusion of loosehead prop Phil Price; he joins hooker Thomas Rhys Thomas and tighthead prop Brok Harris up front.

The second-row has one tweak made to it as Cory Hill is joined by Matthew Screech. The back-row provides one positional change and one personnel as Nick Crosswell moves into the flanker position alongside Nic Cudd and Lewis Evans is named as number eight.

Form: The Dragons' solitary victory in their last six Guinness PRO12 fixtures was 23-13 at home to Leinster in round 13. The 'Men from Gwent' have won only one of their last eight matches against Scottish opponents in all tournaments: 19-5 at home to Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO12 last May. Glasgow Warriors ended a four game winless streak in the Guinness PRO12 with their 27-24 victory over Munster in Kilmarnock last Friday. Warriors only away win in the PRO12 this season was 35-30 at Cardiff Blues in November. Glasgow have won their last three encounters with Dragons since the Welshmen's 24-23 victory at Rodney Parade in February 2014. The Warriors are unbeaten in their last three trips to Wales in all tournaments and have lost just once at Rodney Parade in their last five visits.

The teams:

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Adam Hughes, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Angus O'Brien, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lewis Evans, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Nick Crosswell, 5 Matthew Screech, 4 Cory Hill, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Thomas Rhys Thomas (c), 1 Phil Price
Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Hugh Gustafson, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Rynard Landman, 20 James Benjamin, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Geraint Rhys Jones, 23 Ross Wardle.

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Glenn Bryce, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Josh Strauss (c), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Robert Harley, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 James Eddie, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Fraser Lyle, 23 Lee Jones

Date: Thursday, February 25
Venue: Rodney Parade
Kick-off: 19:05 GMT
Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Leighton Hodges (Wales), Dai Cambourne (Wales)
Television match official: Paul Adams (Wales)

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