Preview: Glasgow v Munster

Date published: December 1 2016

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Glasgow scrum-half Ali Price returns to the Warriors starting line-up that will face Munster at Scotstoun in their PRO12 clash on Friday.

Nine of the Warriors involved for Scotland in November's series return, along with Sila Puafisi who played for Tonga in their win over Italy.

It didn't take long for Price to make a mark on the international stage, combining with Rory Hughes to set up a late try for Scotland with the winger also returning to the Warriors starting XV.

Hughes is joined in the back three by full-back Peter Murchie and winger Tommy Seymour, who scored Scotland's opening try last weekend.

Mark Bennett is another to return having started the game at Rugby Park and he partners Nick Grigg in midfield.

They will both play outside of Peter Horne who featured in all three of Scotland's November internationals and starts at fly-half .

Sila Puafisi and Fraser Brown join Gordon Reid in the front-row, all three having added to their international tally last month.

Rob Harley was another in the starting XV in Kilmarnock and he returns to partner Tim Swinson in the engine room.

Scotland's Man of the Match against Georgia, Ryan Wilson, will start at number eight, flanked by Josh Strauss and Chris Fusaro.

On the bench Fiji international scrum-half Nemia Kenatale could make his debut for the club, while prop Alex Allan also returns from international duty.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "It was great to see all the Warriors playing Test rugby over the past few weeks and we welcome a number of them back this weekend.

"The players have responded to last week's defeat in a way we have come to expect from them – with positivity, effort and determination. They were disappointed but have put in the hard work to make the necessary improvements.

"Munster are well organised in defence, physical in contact and show innovation in attack. We're going to have to be alert and at our best to come out on top tomorrow night."

Meanwhile, Munster make six changes for the away trip to Glasgow as returning international Peter O'Mahony comes back in to captain the side with Tommy O'Donnell in line to make his 100th PRO12 appearance.

Four personnel changes are seen in the pack. Niall Scannell returns at hooker, Jean Kleyn and Billy Holland start in the second-row and O'Mahony comes back in at blindside. The Munster captain's return sees Jack O'Donoghue make the positional switch to number eight.

The final two personnel changes are made in the half-backs and midfield with Ian Keatley and Rory Scannell starting at fly-half and inside centre respectively. Consequently Jaco Taute reverts to outside centre.

Named among the replacements, Donnacha Ryan is another to make a return from international action while scrum-half Te Aihe Toma could make his competitive debut for the province.

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Rory Hughes, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Mark Bennett, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Ali Price, 8 Ryan Wilson (c), 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Rob Harley, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D'arcy Rae, 19 Rob McAlpine, 20 Langilangi Haupeakui, 21 Nemia Kenatale, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Lee Jones

Munster: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Ronan O'Mahony, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Jack O'Donoghue, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Peter O'Mahony (c), 5 Bill Holland, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Dave Kilcoyne
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Robin Copeland, 21 Te Aihe Toma, 22 Dan Goggin, 23 Alex Wootton

Date: Friday, December 2
Venue: Scotstoun
Kick-off: 19:35 GMT
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Dan Jones (Wales), Dunx McClement (Scotland)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

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