Preview: Dragons v Glasgow

Date published: September 19 2014

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Stuart Hogg returns for Glasgow Warriors at full-back as they take on Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Stuart Hogg returns for Glasgow Warriors at full-back as they take on Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Following last weekend's 33-12 win at Cardiff Blues, Tommy Seymour continues on the right wing and Canadian winger DTH van der Merwe comes in for try-scorer Sean Lamont.

Alex Dunbar moves to outside centre, with Peter Horne switching from fly-half to inside centre.

Scotland fly-half Duncan Weir comes into the starting line-up and Niko Matawalu replaces Henry Pyrgos at scrum-half, after his two tries from the bench last weekend.

It's an all-new front row with Gordon Reid coming in for Alex Allan at loosehead, Kevin Bryce replacing Pat MacArthur at hooker and Euan Murray named at tighthead in place of Rossouw de Klerk.

Tim Swinson continues in the engine room, with Fijian second row Leone Nakarawa replacing the injured Jonny Gray.

The only change in the back row sees Tyrone Holmes coming in for Chris Fusaro at openside. Rob Harley continues on the blind-side and Josh Strauss once again captains the side from number eight.

“We've had two good wins this season, but we know we'll have to put in a better performance tomorrow if we're to keep the momentum going,” said Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend.

Meanwhile South African lock Rynard Landman will skipper the Dragons in place of the injured Lee Byrne.

The 28-year-old will take the reigns and captain the young team as Byrne recovers from an injury he sustained against the Ospreys last weekend.

The strong and experienced ball carrier will take charge of the Men of Gwent, which includes seven changes and one positional change.

Director of Rugby Lyn Jones has named an international back three that includes Hallam Amos, who moves from wing to full-back along with wingers Tom Prydie and Aled Brew.

Jones has also named a newlook centre pairing as he brings in Ben John, from the Ospreys, and Dorian Jones.

After a fantastic display of kicking last weekend Angus O'Brien is named as fly-half; he is joined in the half-backs by Richie Rees.

The front row sees one change as props Boris Stankovich and Lloyd Fairbrother get the nod, Elliot Dee moves to the bench as T. Rhys Thomas makes his first start of the season in the Pro12 for the Dragons.

The second row has one change made as Cory Hill steps in alongside captain Rynard Landman. Flankers Lewis Evans and Nic Cudd get the nod alongside British and Irish Lion, Taulupe Faletau at number eight.

Form: Newport Gwent Dragons' only victory in their last ten Guinness Pro12 matches was a 20-19 win at home to Treviso in round 22 last season, but they have won two of their last fixtures against Scottish opposition.

Glasgow Warriors' only loss in their last dozen Guinness Pro12 matches was in last year's final to Leinster at the RDS Arena.

Since April 2013 Glasgow have played ten matches against Welsh opponents in the Pro12 with their only two defeats both being to Dragons, at Scotstoun in November 2013 and at Rodney Parade in February.

The Dragons achieved the Pro12 double over Warriors last season for the first time since 2006/07 but Glasgow have lost just once at Rodney Parade in all competitions since 2010: 23-24 on their most recent visit on 23rd February.

The teams:

Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Ben John, 12 Dorian Jones, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Angus O'Brien, 9 Richie Rees, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans, 5 Rynard Landman (c), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 T. Rhys Thomas, 1 Boris Stankovich
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Hugh Gustafson, 18 Dan Way, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Andy Powell, 21 Luc Jones, 22 Ashton Hewitt, 23 Barney Nightingale

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Peter Horne, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Niko Matawalu, 8 Josh Strauss (c), 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Kevin Bryce, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 James Eddie, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Adam Ashe, 22 Henry Pyrgos, 23 Lee Jones

Date: Saturday, September 20
Venue: Rodney Parade
Kickoff: 14:40 (local, 13:40 GMT)
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Neil Hennessy (Wales), Dan Jones (Wales)
TMO: Tim Hayes (Wales)

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