Preview: Racing 92 v Glasgow

Date published: November 13 2015

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Racing 92 head coach Laurent Labit has rung the changes to his starting XV for Saturday's Champions Cup clash with Glasgow Warriors at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

Labit has made 10 changes, including a positional switch, to his run-on side that lost to Castres in the Top 14 last weekend.

In the back-line, Johan Goosen moves from fly-half to full-back with Remi Tales wearing the number 10 jersey. Goosen takes over from Brice Dulin while captain Maxime Machenaud replaces Xavier Chauveauat scrum-half.

Henry Chavancy is preferred to Etienne Dussartre at outside centre and Marc Andreu replaces Louis Dupichot on the left wing in the other changes amongst the backs.

Up front, Camille Chat starts at hooker with Dimitri Szarzewski dropping down to the replacements bench. That is the only change to the front-row but Labit has picked a brand new second-row and loose trio.

Francois van der Merwe and Luke Charteris are the starting locks, coming in for Ross Filipo and Juandre Kruger while Chris Masoe, Bernard Le Roux and Wenceslas Lauret replace Antonie Claassen, Thibault Dubarry and Yannick Nyanga in the back row.

Meanwhile Glasgow Warriors boss Gregor Townsend has named a strong starting line-up for this away clash.

Stuart Hogg retains his place at full-back, while Tommy Seymour switches to the right wing, with Sean Lamont coming in on the opposite side to replace Taqele Naiyaravoro, who has been named amongst the replacements.

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

It’s the same half-back pairing which finished last weekend’s game in Cardiff, with Finn Russell and Mike Blair combining.

The only change in the front-row sees Ryan Grant coming in for Gordon Reid at loosehead prop, with Tongan international Sila Puafisi continuing at tighthead and Pat MacArthur once again named at hooker.

After both scoring tries in the win over Cardiff Blues last Saturday, Leone Nakarawa and Jonny Gray are once again in the Warriors engine room.

In the back-row Rob Harley comes in at blindside flanker, with Josh Strauss switching to number eight and Simone Favaro returning at openside in place of Chris Fusaro.

New signing Shalva Mamukashvili could make his debut from the bench, where he is the back-up hooker, while Scotland second-row Tim Swinson returns from injury and has also been named amongst the replacements.

"The European Rugby Champions Cup is the biggest club tournament in the world and there has been a real buzz around the club this week as we prepare to begin our campaign in Paris tomorrow," said Townsend.

"You've got to play close to your best rugby for all of the six pool games to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages, because the quality of the opposition is very high.  

"We've never played Racing 92 before, so it'll be a good test against a highly ambitious team. They have put together a strong squad with a lot of internationals, so we're well aware of the challenge we face tomorrow."

Form: Racing 92 have lost only one of their previous seven Champions Cup games (W5, D1) and have won their last three pool matches on home soil. These teams are yet to clash in the Champions Cup though Racing 92 have won their last two matches against Scottish teams (both against Edinburgh Rugby). Glasgow have won just three of their last 14 matches against French opponents (D1 L10). Warriors' last five away games in the competition have all been settled by margins of fewer than 10 points. In what will be their 50th away game in the Champions Cup, Glasgow Warriors will be looking for just their seventh win on the road.

The teams:

Racing 92: 15 Johan Goosen, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Maxime Machenaud (c), 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Xavier Chauveau, 22 Benjamin Dambielle, 23 Casey Laulala.

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 (c), 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.

Date: Saturday, November 14
Venue: Stade Yves-Du-Manoir
Kick-off: 16:15 local (15:15 GMT)
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Simon Harding (England), Paul Burton (England)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)
Timekeeper: Patrick Bellet (France)
Assessor: Michel Lamoulie (France)

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