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Murchie relishing PRO12 challenge

Peter Murchie says that reigning Guinness PRO12 champions Glasgow Warriors are relishing the challenge of defending their title this season.

Glasgow captured silverware last term after beating Munster 31-13 in the final as they were crowned PRO12 title winners for the first time.

Four of the competition's opening six rounds will be played during the Rugby World Cup, with Glasgow kicking off their campaign at home against the Scarlets on September 5.

"It's a challenge, but we have been working hard for a long time now," acting Glasgow skipper Murchie told

"We've still got a big squad, and a lot of young players have put their hands up.

"It's a big challenge for us to do as well as we did last season, but it is one we are looking forward to."

PRO12 Rugby chairman Gerald Davies, meanwhile, delivered a glowing report on the tournament during this season's competition launch in London on Monday.

"With the introduction of meritocracy for European Champions Cup qualification, we had more competitive games at all stages of the tournament last year," Davies said.

"We also had a sixth year of year-on-year growth on attendance, with record crowds of almost 1.2 million (up 4.65 per cent).

"Our partnership with Guinness has been an unqualified success, both on and off the park, and their long association with rugby union has been apparent in everything they do."

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