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Glasgow duo set to join 100 club

Glasgow pair Ruaridh Jackson and James Eddie will rack up their 100th appearances for Warriors when Heineken Cup rivals Toulon visit Scotstoun on Saturday.

The ton-up duo are the latest to join the club's list of centurions, following the likes of Johnnie Beattie, Al Kellock, John Barclay and Dan Parks.

However, it will turn into a real party if Gregor Townsend's side can turn over the French giants and snatch an unlikely Amlin Challenge Cup berth.

Glasgow head into their final Pool 2 match needing a bonus point win and other results to go their way if they are to secure a slot in the second-tier tournament's knock-out stages and their head coach is keeping his fingers crossed.

Townsend said: "This is a very exciting game for our players and supporters.

"We saw first-hand how good a side Toulon are when we played them in October and they pose a dangerous attacking threat all over the pitch, as well as being very strong defensively.

"We still have a chance of qualifying for the Amlin Challenge Cup and that is a big motivation for us.

"It was great to get a win down at Exeter last week and we're looking to build on this back home at Scotstoun.

"It will be a fantastic occasion welcoming the Heineken Cup champions to Glasgow on Saturday and it will be a special day for both Ruaridh and James. They continue to be great servants for the club and thoroughly deserve to join our elite group of centurions."

Following last weekend's 15-10 triumph at Exeter, Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland continue at full-back and right wing respectively, while Sean Lamont moves from the left wing to centre and partners Alex Dunbar.

Niko Matawalu comes in on the left wing and centurion Jackson continues his half-back partnership with Henry Pyrgos.

Ryan Grant has been named once again at loose-head, while Pat MacArthur comes in at hooker and Moray Low starts at tight-head.

After a number of substitute appearances Leone Nakarawa starts only his second game for the Warriors and partners Tim Swinson in the second-row.

In the back-row Eddie is promoted from the bench to make his milestone appearance at blind-side, while Chris Fusaro continues as captain at open-side and Ryan Wilson comes in at Number 8.


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