Preview: Glasgow v Northampton

Date published: November 20 2015

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has named the same 23-man squad for Saturday's clash with Northampton Saints at Scotstoun Stadium.

Townsend has stuck with the same players who were set to take to the field against Racing 92 last Saturday.

The Warriors' tournament opener at the Stade Yves-Du-Manoir was postponed, following the tragic events in Paris last weekend, so it will be Glasgow’s first outing in Europe this season.

The match at Scotstoun is a complete sell-out with a capacity crowd of 6,800 expected.

Stuart Hogg starts at full-back, while Tommy Seymour has been named on the right wing, with Sean Lamont on the opposite side.

Scotland internationals Mark Bennett and Peter Horne continue their centre partnership.

Finn Russell and Mike Blair form the half-back pairing, with Blair set to make his 50th European appearance.

Ryan Grant is at loosehead and Tongan international Sila Puafisi continues at tighthead, with Pat MacArthur at hooker.

Leone Nakarawa and Jonny Gray are in the Warriors engine room, while Rob Harley, Simone Favaro and Josh Strauss combine in the back-row. 

Georgia hooker Shalva Mamukashvili has been named amongst the replacements and could make his debut for the club, with boss Townsend keen for Glasgow to get their campaign underway.

"We’re really looking forward to kicking off our European campaign against Northampton Saints tomorrow evening," he said.

"Northampton were impressive in their win away to the Scarlets last weekend and will be travelling with confidence, but we're excited about playing at home in front of a capacity crowd, who will help create another big European night at Scotstoun.

"We’ve had continuity with the team selection this week and it'll be good test against one of the top teams in England."

Meanwhile, Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder has made three changes to his starting line-up after last weekend's home win against the Scarlets.

Ahsee Tuala comes onto the wing, Stephen Myler will wear the number 10 jersey and Michael Paterson packs down in the second-row while Lee Dickson captains the team. 

There is also a return to the matchday squad for back-row Jon Fisher, while Jamie Elliott joins the replacements.

Form: Glasgow kick off their campaign after last weekend's clash against Racing 92 was postponed due to the terror attacks in Paris. Prior to that, they won four out of six of their PRO12 matches. Northampton kicked off their campaign with a narrow 15-11 home victory over the Scarlets last weekend.

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Ryan Grant. 
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Richie Vernon, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 George North, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson (c), 8 Sam Dickinson, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Christian Day, 4 Michael Paterson, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Mikey Haywood, 1 Alex Waller. 
Replacements: 16 Matti Williams, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Jon Fisher, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Kahn Fotuali’I, 22 Jj Hanrahan, 23 Jamie Elliott.

Date: Saturday, November 21
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
Kick-off: 17:15 GMT
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant Referees: Maxime Chalon (France), Jean-Luc Rebollal (France)
TMO: Gilles Cogne (France)

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