Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Racing 92

Date published: January 22 2016

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Scotland winger Tommy Seymour returns to the Glasgow Warriors starting line-up for the Champions Cup match at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock, after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Fly-half Duncan Weir could make his 100th appearance for the club from the bench.

The Warriors play Racing 92 in their final pool match, with the Top 14 leaders having already qualified for a home play-off as pool winners.

The Warriors sit third in Pool 3 and would need to take maximum points from tomorrow’s game and hope a host of other results go their way in order to secure a runner-up spot on 15 points.

Stuart Hogg is at full-back, while Taqele Naiyaravoro comes in for Lee Jones on the right wing and Seymour replaces Sean Lamont on the left wing.

Alex Dunbar and Sam Johnson continue their centre partnership, while Finn Russell and Ali Price once again form the half-back pairing.

In the pack Alex Allan comes in for Gordon Reid at loosehead, Shalva Mamukashvili replaces Pat MacArthur at hooker and Sila Puafisi once again starts at tighthead.

Leone Nakarawa moves from the second row to number eight, with USA international Greg Peterson coming in to the starting line-up to partner captain Jonny Gray.

After being added the to the Warriors Champions Cup squad earlier this week, James Eddie makes his third appearance of the season and starts at blindside flanker, while Italian international Simone Favaro starts at openside.

Meanwhile, Racing 92 make ten changes from the side who won convincingly against the Scarlets last weekend.

Dan Carter is given the week off as Henry Chavancy and Alexandre Dumoulin form a new centre partnership, with Maxime Machenaud taking over from Mike Phillips at scrum-half.

Chris Masoe and Wenceslas Lauret come into the back row while there is an entirely new front row in the shape of Julien Brugnaut, Camille Chat and Luc Ducalcon.

Form: This will be the second meeting between the sides in European competition with Racing 92 beating Glasgow 34-10 when they met earlier in this campaign. Glasgow Warriors have won three of their last five home fixtures in the Champions Cup, spanning their last two campaigns. Racing 92 are undefeated in their last five matches away from home in the Champions Cup (W3, D2). Glasgow Warriors have been kept to fewer than 10 points in three of their last four home fixtures against teams from France in the Champions Cup. Dan Carter has the best kick success of any player to attempt at least 10 kicks at goal this season (17/18 – 94%) and has made his last 14 kicks in a row in the competition.

The teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Leone Nakarawa, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 James Eddie, 5 Jonny Gray (c), 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Salva Mamukashvili, 1 Alex Allan
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Duncan Weir, Lee Jones

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Julien Brugnaut
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Davit Khinchagishvili, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 Juandre Kruger, 21 Xavier Chauveau, 22 Etienne Dussartre, 23 Benjamin Dambielle

Date: Saturday, January 23
Venue: Rugby Park
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Luke Pearce (England), Peter Allan (England)
TMO: Trevor Fisher (England)

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