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Gregor Townsend ready for tough test against Zebre

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend has warned his side they will need to be at their best when they face Zebre in the second half of their Italian double-header.

Warriors ran in six tries during last weekend's 38-16 victory over Treviso but they were behind at half-time.

Townsend has rested the likes of Josh Strauss, Stuart Hogg, Tim Swinson and Mark Bennett, who drops to the bench, but has still named a strong team for the rearranged Guinness Pro12 fixture in Parma.

Townsend said: "It's been good to have most of the squad together in Italy this week and we've had a productive few days preparing for the game.

"Zebre have beaten Edinburgh, Cardiff and Treviso at home this season and they've also run a number of sides close, so we're expecting a very tough match.

"They have several Italian internationals in their squad and are competing hard with Treviso for a European Rugby Champions Cup place, so we'll have to be at our best if we're to come away with a positive result."

Alex Dunbar, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Weir, Ali Price, Rob Harley and Ryan Wilson come into the starting line-up, while hooker Pat MacArthur is back on the bench after two months out with a hamstring injury.

Mike Blair, Chris Fusaro, Lee Jones and Peter Murchie are all unavailable because of concussion.


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