Preview: Treviso v Glasgow

Date published: April 1 2016

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Italian international flanker Simone Favaro will face his former club Treviso as Glasgow look to claim an away victory on Saturday.

The Warriors will spend eight days in Italy, with their re-arranged fixture against Zebre scheduled for next Friday.

Stuart Hogg retains his place at full-back, after scoring a try and kicking a penalty in the win over Ulster last Friday, with Taqele Naiyaravoro coming in for Tommy Seymour on the right wing.

Mark Bennett continues at outside centre, with Peter Horne replacing Alex Dunbar in the number 12 shirt.

The half-back pairing is unchanged with Finn Russell starting at fly-half and Henry Pyrgos at scrum-half.

It’s the same front-row which started the win over Ulster with Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown and Sila Puafisi combining.

Tim Swinson replaces Leone Nakarawa and he’ll partner club captain Jonny Gray in the engine room.

Josh Strauss moves from number eight to blindside flanker, with Favaro coming in for Chris Fusaro on the opposite side and Adam Ashe replacing Ryan Wilson.

"Last week’s result against Ulster was important for the club and our focus is now on building on our momentum against Treviso tomorrow evening," said boss Gregor Townsend.

"Treviso will be tough opposition as they showed in the game at Scotstoun earlier in the season, when we won with a late try. They have also performed very well at home in their most recent games.

"Back-to-back games in Italy enables us to take out an extended squad of 35 players to have a week-long training camp, which we’re all looking forward to."

Meanwhile, Treviso have named a back-three of full-back Jayden Hayward and wings Ludovico Nitoglia and Angelo Esposito.

Tommaso Iannone and Sam Christie will be the centres while the half-backs are Edoardo Gori at scrum-half and James Ambrosini at fly-half.

Treviso currently sit bottom of the PRO12 standings.

Form: Treviso have lost their last three Guinness PRO12 matches since beating Newport Gwent Dragons 19-17 in Italy in round 15. Treviso have not beaten a Scottish opponent since their victory over Edinburgh at Stadio Monigo in March 2014. Glasgow Warriors have won their last five Guinness PRO12 matches since tripping up at Ulster in round 14. Warriors won their most recent away game at Dragons and are attempting to win successive away games in the tournament for the first time since October 2014. Glasgow have won their last eight fixtures against Treviso since the Italian's 15-13 victory at Firhill in September 2011.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Sam Christie, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 James Ambrosini, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni (c), 6 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Filippo Filippetto, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Rupert Harden, 19 Dean Budd, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Andrea De Marchi, 22 Alberto Lucchese, 23 Luke McLean

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 D'arcy Rae, 19 Leone Nakarawa, 20 Tyrone Holmes, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Glenn Bryce, 23 Lee Jones

Date: Saturday, April 2
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Kick-off: 17:30 local (16:30 BST, 15:30 GMT)
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 21st competition game)
Assistant Referees: Claudio Blessano, Gregorio Piran (both FIR)
TMO: Stefano Penne (FIR)

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