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Preview: Glasgow v Castres

05th December 2012 12:29

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Sean Maitland

Sean Maitland: Set for Glasgow debut

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend has made three changes to his side as they prepare to face Castres in the Heineken Cup on Friday.

Tommy Seymour - the Warriors' joint top scorer - returns on the wing, while Scott Wight takes back the number 10 berth with Henry Pyrgos as his half-back partner.

Stuart Hogg again forms Glasgow's centre partnership with Peter Horne.

Josh Strauss comes back into the back-row alongside Rob Harley and John Barclay at blindside and openside flanker respectively. The return of the South African sees Ryan Wilson move to the bench.

Mike Cusack, who this week extended his stay at Glasgow Warriors until at least May 2016, once again takes up the tighthead role, continuing his run of appearances this season.

Sean Maitland, who has joined the Warriors from the Crusaders, is in line to make his Warriors debut off the bench.

"We're keeping faith with the core group of players who were beaten by Munster as we know that that level of performance was not a true reflection of that side," said Townsend.

"I expect see a reaction and a determination from those players to prove that they deserve their place.

"We are coming off the back of what was a disappointing performance against Munster last week, particularly as we believed we were capable of leaving Thomond Park with a win.

"We pride ourselves on being tough to beat and we didn't do that in Ireland. There has been a renewed determination this week as that was a difficult defeat to take."

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Stuart Hogg, 12 Peter Horne, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Scott Wight, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 John Barclay, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Al Kellock (c), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Mike Cusack, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Pat Macarthur, 17 Moray Low, 18 Gordon Reid, 19 Tom Ryder, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Niko Matawalu, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Sean Maitland.

Castres: 15 Romain Martial, 14 Marcel Garvey, 13 Seremaia Bai, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 Maxwell Evans, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Jannie Bornman, 6 Ibrahim Diarra, 5 Christophe Samson, 4 Matthias Rolland, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Mathieu Bonello, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Mihaïta Lazar, 18 Anton Peikrishvili, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Yannick Caballero, 21 Thomas Sanchou, 22 Paul Bonnefond, 23 Daniel Kirkpatrick.

Date: Friday, 7 December
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
Kick-off: 19:35
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Martin Fox (England), Paul Dix (England)

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