Preview: Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors

Date published: January 8 2016

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Dan Carter will start his third Champions Cup game for Racing 92 as they play host to Glasgow at Stade Yves-du-Manoir on Saturday.

He runs out alongside Maxime Machenaud as Mike Phillips drops to bench duty while Alexandre Dumoulin and Henry Chavancy are the centres.

Johan Goosen is named at full-back for the Pool 3 pace-setters with Juan Imhoff and Marc Andreu occupying the wing spots for this week's game.

Up front there is a powerful look to the pack as Eddy Ben Arous, Dimitri Szarzewski and Ben Tameifuna star in an impressive front-row line-up.

Meanwhile, Warriors hooker Pat MacArthur returns from injury for Glasgow's trip to Paris.

Glasgow's European opener at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir was postponed in November, following the tragic events in the city.

MacArthur returns following six weeks on the sidelines with a jaw injury, sustained in the home defeat to Northampton Saints and just days after agreeing a new two-year contract with the club.

The back three remains unchanged from last Saturday's defeat to Edinburgh with Stuart Hogg at full-back and Taqele Naiyaravoro and Sean Lamont occupying the wing berths.

Mark Bennett continues at outside centre, with Finn Russell coming in for the injured Peter Horne at inside centre.

Duncan Weir once again starts at fly-half and Ali Price continues at scrum-half.

In the pack Gordon Reid and Zander Fagerson continue at loosehead and tighthead respectively, with MacArthur coming in for Fraser Brown, who has been named on the bench.

Leone Nakarawa returns to the side to partner captain Jonny Gray in the second-row and the only change to the back-row sees Adam Ashe come in for the injured Josh Strauss at number eight. Ryan Wilson and Chris Fusaro continue at blindside and openside respectively.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We have three big European games coming up, starting with a trip to Paris to face the Top 14 leaders tomorrow afternoon.

"We were really pleased with a number of aspects in last week's game against Edinburgh and we are looking forward to the challenge of facing one of the form teams in Europe on their own patch.

"We've been boosted by the return of Pat MacArthur and Glenn Bryce from injury, while Finn Russell comes in for Peter Horne, who we expect to be without for a few weeks due to injury."

Form: This will be the first meeting between the clubs, although Racing have won their last two games against Scottish opposition in Europe. Racing's four European Cup games involving Scottish opponents have been against Edinburgh. The Paris club has won two and lost two. Glasgow have won just twice away against Top 14 clubs in Europe (D1, L13), however, one of those victories came in last season's competition at Montpellier. Glasgow wing Taqele Naiyaravoro is the leading metre maker in this season's competition (366), despite playing just 187 minutes. Racing have the best tackling success rate (91 percent) in the Champions Cup so far this season. The French are one of three clubs that have yet to lose a scrum on their own feed. 

The teams:

Racing 92:  15 Johan Goosen, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Antonie Claassen, 21 Brice Dulin, 22 Mike Phillips, 23 Casey Laulala.

Glasgow:  15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Finn Russell, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Ali Price, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray (c), 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Greg Peterson, 20 Hugh Blake, 21 Lee Jones, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Glenn Bryce.

Date: Saturday, January 9
Venue: Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Kick-off: 14:00 local (13:00 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Dudley Phillips (Ireland), Nigel Correll (Ireland)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)

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