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Preview: Glasgow v Toulon

17th January 2014 09:37

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Ruaridh Jackson kicking for Glasgow

Fly-half: Ruaridh Jackson

Glasgow pair Ruaridh Jackson and James Eddie will make their 100th appearance for the club when they take on Toulon in the Heineken Cup.

Both players have been named in Gregor Townsend's starting XV for the final Pool Two match at Scotstoun Stadium this Saturday.

The duo join a list of fourteen other Glasgow players who have reached that milestone, which includes the likes of Johnnie Beattie, Al Kellock, John Barclay and Dan Parks.

Following last weekend's win at Exeter, Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland continue at full-back and right wing respectively, while Sean Lamont moves from the wing to centre and partners Alex Dunbar.

Niko Matawalu comes in on the left wing and centurion Jackson continues his half-back partnership with Henry Pyrgos.

Ryan Grant has been named once again at loosehead, while Pat MacArthur comes in at hooker and Moray Low starts at tighthead.

After a number of substitute appearances Leone Nakarawa starts only his second game for the Warriors and partners Tim Swinson in the second-row.

In the back-row Eddie is promoted from the bench to make his 100th appearance at blindside, Chris Fusaro continues as captain at openside and Ryan Wilson comes in at number eight.

"This is a very exciting game for our players and supporters," head coach Townsend told glasgowwarriors.org.

"We saw first-hand how good a side Toulon are when we played them in October and they pose a dangerous attacking threat all over the pitch, as well as being very strong defensively.

"We still have a chance of qualifying for the Amlin Challenge Cup and that is a big motivation for us.

"It was great to get a win down at Exeter last week and we're looking to build on this back home at Scotstoun.

"It will be a fantastic occasion welcoming the Heineken Cup champions to Glasgow on Saturday and it will be a special day for both Ruaridh (Jackson) and James (Eddie). They continue to be great servants for the club and thoroughly deserve to join our elite group of centurions."

Meanwhile, Toulon will be looking to secure a home quarter-final on Saturday and have brought in Delon Armitage in the only change to their line-up. He replaces Rudi Wulf.

They come into the game on the back of a 43-20 Heineken Cup win over Cardiff Blues at Allianz Riviera in Nice and will be hoping to make it five victories from six in the Pool.

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Niko Matawalu, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Chris Fusaro (capt), 6 James Eddie, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Moray Low, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Ed Kalman, 19 Tom Ryder, 20 Tyrone Holmes, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Richie Vernon.

Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 David Smith, 10 Jonny Wilkinson (c), 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Joe van Niekerk, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Jocelino Suta, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: 16 Jean-Charles Orioli, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Levan Chilachava, 19 Virgile Bruni, 20 Rudi Wulf, 21 Maxime Mermoz, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Konstantine Mikautadze.

Date: Saturday, January 18
Kick-off: 15:40 GMT
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Martin Fox (England), Paul Dix (England)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)

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