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Beattie set for comeback

Published 07/01/2011

Johnnie Beattie (centre)
Johnnie Beattie (centre)

Scotland number eight Johnnie Beattie will return from a shoulder injury as Glasgow Warriors take on Munster in Cork on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old has been out since Scotland's 2-0 Test series win in Argentina and his appearance is a timely boost for Scotland head coach Andy Robinson, with the RBS 6 Nations Championship beginning in four weeks' time.

Beattie is also a welcome inclusion for Sean Lineen as one of four changes from the team which lost 28-17 to Edinburgh last Sunday. "It's great to have John back. He's fit and ready to go," said the Warriors head coach.

Beattie takes the place of Richie Vernon, who picked up a dead leg against Edinburgh.

Hooker Fergus Thomson also suffered a dead leg and is replaced by Dougie Hall, while Ryan Grant comes in at prop in place of Jon Welsh, who drops to the bench.

The only change in the backs sees Alex Dunbar line up on the wing in place of Hefin O'Hare, who has a calf injury.

Dave McCall is named on the bench, with Federico Aramburu struggling with an ankle injury.

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