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Glasgow starting XV identical from line-up that would have faced Racing 92

Published 20/11/2015

Gregor Townsend's Glasgow Warriors will begin their European campaign a week late following the tragic events in Paris
Gregor Townsend's Glasgow Warriors will begin their European campaign a week late following the tragic events in Paris

Gregor Townsend has stuck with the same starting XV who were due to kick-off Glasgow's European Champions Cup campaign last week before last Friday's Paris terror attacks.

Warriors were in France to face Racing 92 last Saturday but returned home without kicking a ball after the shock terrorist atrocity in the French capital which claimed the lives of 129 people forced the clash to be postponed.

A date has yet to be set for the re-arranged fixture but Glasgow press ahead to Saturday's meeting with Northampton.

Townsend has named an unchanged match-day squad for what will now be the Guinness Pro12 champions' European opener in front of a sell-out 6,800 crowd at Scotstoun.

The head coach said: "We're really looking forward to kicking off our European campaign against Northampton Saints tomorrow evening.

"Northampton were impressive in their win away to the Scarlets last weekend and will be travelling with confidence, but we're excited about playing at home in front of a capacity crowd, who will help create another big European night at Scotstoun.

"We've had continuity with the team selection this week and it'll be a good test against one of the top teams in England."

Townsend's selection means Stuart Hogg starts at full-back, while Tommy Seymour has been named on the right wing, with Sean Lamont on the opposite side.

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

Finn Russell and Mike Blair form the half-back pairing, with the latter set to make his 50th European appearance.

Ryan Grant is at loose-head and Tongan international Sila Puafisi continues at tight-head, with Pat MacArthur slotting in at hooker.

Leone Nakarawa and Jonny Gray form the second-row pairing, while Rob Harley, Simone Favaro and Josh Strauss combine in the back-row.

Georgia hooker Shalva Mamukashvili has been named among the replacements and could make his debut for the club.

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