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Harley set for Glasgow milestone

Rob Harley will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow Warriors in Saturday's Guinness Pro12 opener against defending champions Leinster at Scotstoun.

The Scotland flanker played in every league game last season as the Warriors reached the final before going down to the Boys in Blue in Dublin.

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "I'd like to congratulate Rob Harley, who is set to make his 100th appearance for the club tomorrow night. He's been ever consistent for us over the last few years and thoroughly deserves to join our group of centurions."

Townsend has named a strong starting line-up for the visit of the Irish big guns.

Peter Murchie, who has played in both of the Warriors pre-season fixtures, continues at full-back, with Tommy Seymour and Lee Jones on either wing.

Mark Bennett and Alex Dunbar form the centre partnership, with Peter Horne at stand-off and Henry Pyrgos at scrum-half.

Alex Allan makes his competitive debut for the club at loose-head after joining from Edinburgh, while Fraser Brown has been handed his first start in a Glasgow shirt at hooker. Euan Murray is named at tight-head, after the Scotland prop returned to Glasgow in the summer.

Fijian Leone Nakarawa and Scotland cap Jonny Gray will combine in the engine room.

Harley is at blindside, Chris Fusaro at openside and Josh Strauss will lead the team from number eight, in the absence of club captain Al Kellock, who is recovering from injury.

Stuart Hogg and Sean Lamont are both included on the Warriors bench after their involvement at the Commonwealth Games in July.

Townsend added: "We're looking forward to hosting the defending champions at Scotstoun tomorrow night in front of our own supporters.

"It was a great achievement for the club to reach the Pro12 final in May, but ultimately we were disappointed to lose, although it was a very close game up until the final quarter.

"This is now a new season and a fresh start for all the clubs and we know we'll have to be at our very best to get a positive result tomorrow.

"Our games with Leinster have always been very tight and competitive and we're expecting another big test against a top quality side. "

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