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Malcolm to land golden chance for Glasgow

By Robert Jones

Hooker James Malcolm will make his first start for Glasgow in today's Guinness PRO12 encounter against Leinster.

The 21-year-old has featured twice off the bench and has been handed his chance ahead of Shalva Mamukashvili, who drops to the bench.

Head coach Gregor Townsend said: "James has worked really hard in training and made notable contributions when he came on against Cardiff Blues and Treviso, so he deserves the opportunity to start and we're looking forward to seeing him play."

Tommy Seymour, Duncan Weir, Peter Horne, Mike Blair, Ryan Grant, Sila Puafisi and Leone Nakarawa are all recalled for the Scotstoun clash, which will be played in front of a 6,800 sell-off crowd.

Townsend added: "Any time you play Leinster is exciting. They've been the best team in our league over the last five or six years and they've got quality.

"Leinster come into the game off the back of a very good win last weekend against Ulster and they are one of the teams in the top half of the table who will be looking to get a string of results to move them into the play-offs."

ANOTHER of Munster's large out-of-contract contingent has committed to the province as Tommy O'Donnell penned a new three-year deal last night.

The news comes as a boost for Anthony Foley, who has already secured the services of CJ Stander this week, while holding out hope that Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Conor Murray can be convinced to continue in red beyond the end of the season.

Zebo is the only one of the high-profile contingent being asked to make the short-hop to Wales for tomorrow's clash with Newport Gwent Dragons.

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