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Rory Hughes pens new Glasgow deal ahead of return from injury

Scotland pair Richie Vernon and Rory Hughes are back in the Glasgow squad to face Scarlets following injury - the latter after signing a two-year contract extension.

Hughes has committed himself until May 2019 and the 23-year-old returns in Friday's Guinness PRO12 encounter at Scotstoun after undergoing knee surgery in December.

Vernon will start on the bench as he bids to make his first appearance of the season following shoulder injury. Scott Cummings will do exactly that in the second row.

Forwards Alex Allan and Rob Harley and scrum-half Henry Pyrgos have been recalled from Scotland duty to start for Gregor Townsend's men .

Pyrgos will start alongside Rory Clegg, who has new competition in the shape of former South Africa Under-20 international Brandon Thomson.

The 21-year-old stand-off has joined on a two-month loan deal from Stormers, where he is a team-mate of Scotland centre Huw Jones, who will join the Warriors next season.

Thomson, who has scored 26 points in six Super Rugby games, comes in as cover with Finn Russell on Scotland duty and Peter Horne out with an ankle injury. He has begun training with Glasgow but will not be involved against Scarlets.

Thomson said: "I was over in Zimbabwe playing a warm-up game for the Stormers when I got the call to say I could fly over here and it all happened pretty quickly.

"I came over with the main goal of getting some experience and it's good to play in a different environment and for a great club.

"I'm structured, physical and I like to run the ball out wide and keep the game loose.

"My father is from Scotland, so it's nice to be able to come over here to play."

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