Preview: Glasgow v Munster

Date published: February 18 2016

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Scotland internationals Sean Lamont, Gordon Reid, Tim Swinson and Duncan Weir return from Six Nations duty and are named in the Glasgow starting line-up, while Zander Fagerson is named on the bench for Friday's PRO12 clash with Munster.

The game has been moved to Rugby Park due to the Scotstoun pitch being waterlogged, with the home of Kilmarnock Football Club becoming the 39th venue to host a PRO12 fixture.

Peter Murchie retains his place at full-back, following the narrow 13-10 defeat to Ulster last Friday, while Taqele Naiyaravoro comes in for Lee Jones and Lamont replaces Rory Hughes, who has been named amongst the replacements.

Peter Horne starts at inside centre and will partner Glenn Bryce in midfield. Weir returns at fly-half and, after signing a new two-year deal this week, Ali Price once again starts at scrum-half.

In the pack Ayrshire-born Reid returns at loosehead, while James Malcolm makes his first start in the PRO12 and eighth appearance at hooker.

Sila Puafisi is named at tighthead, after agreeing a new deal with the club this week through until May 2017. Swinson returns to the Warriors second-row and partners Leone Nakarawa in the engine room. 

Rob Harley and Chris Fusaro once again start at blindside and openside respectively, while Josh Strauss starts at number eight and captains the side, following two substitute appearances in the last two games against Ulster and Ospreys.

Meanwhile, head coach Anthony Foley makes five changes from the side that suffered defeat to Ospreys.

Following their involvement in the opening two rounds of the Six Nations, Donnacha Ryan, Tommy O'Donnell and James Cronin have been made available to the province for this Round 15 game.

O'Donnell and Ryan make up two of three changes to the pack while Cronin is named amongst the replacements.

The only other change up front comes at hooker with Niall Scannell packing down between Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan.

Captain Billy Holland makes the positional switch to start alongside Ryan in the second row for the first time this season, while in the back row, O'Donnell starts at seven with Jack O'Donoghue moving to six and Robin Copeland remaining at eight.

The first of two changes across the backline comes in the half-backs with Tomás O'Leary resuming his partnership with Ian Keatley. The second is seen in midfield where David Johnston comes in to form an all-academy centre pairing with Rory Scannell.

Ronan O'Mahony, Darren Sweetnam and Andrew Conway again make up the back three.

Form: Glasgow Warriors only victory in their last seven matches in all tournaments came on their only previous visit to Kilmarnock, beating Racing 92 there in the Champions Cup on 23 January. The Warriors have won their last nine home games against Irish Provinces since Munster beat them at Scotstoun in October 2013. Munster have won just two of their last six Guinness PRO12 encounters, both away from home, at Ulster in round 11 and at Zebre in round 13. The Munstermen's solitary defeat to a Scottish side since December 2014 came in last season's final to Glasgow in Belfast. Munster defeated Glasgow 23-21 in Limerick in round 3 and have not achieved a season's double over Warriors since 2011/12.

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Glenn Bryce, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Ali Price, 8 Josh Strauss (c), 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 James Malcolm, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Cammy Fenton, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Greg Peterson, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Fraser Lyle, 23 Rory Hughes

Munster: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 David Johnston, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Ronan O'Mahony, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Tomás O'Leary, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 6 Jack O’Donoghue, 5 Billy Holland (c), 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Dave Kilcoyne
Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 James Cronin, 18 Mario Sagario, 19 Dave Foley, 20 Conor Oliver, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Johnny Holland, 23 Cian Bohane

Date: Friday, February 19
Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Kick-off: 19:35 GMT
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Mike Adamson (Scotland)
TMO: Charles Samson (Scotland), Jim Yuille (Scotland)

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