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Murchie returns for Leinster trip

Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend has welcomed Peter Murchie back into his line-up after almost five months out.

Full-back Murchie will return from injury on Saturday night in Dublin when Warriors take on Leinster at the RDS in the RaboDirect Pro12.

The 28-year-old has been out of action since October with a dislocated shoulder but returns for the trip to face the champions.

The Scotstoun men won their previous encounter with Leinster 12-6 back in September but the Warriors have not won at the RDS since September 2011.

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We were very disappointed to lose at the Dragons last weekend and we'll need a much better performance tomorrow night in Dublin.

"Leinster are one of the top teams in the league and are the defending champions, so this game will give us a good indication of where we are as a team.

"It's great to have Peter Murchie back involved again after his injury lay-off and we've also been boosted this week by the return of Tommy Seymour, Chris Cusiter and Tim Swinson from the Scotland squad.

"Our recent encounters have all been very close and we're expecting another tight match tomorrow night."

Seymour lines up on the right wing, while Niko Matawalu moves from scrum-half to the left wing in place of Lee Jones, who has been named among the replacements.

There is a new centre partnership with Finn Russell moving from fly-half to inside centre and lining up alongside Richie Vernon, with Mark Bennett on the bench.

Ruaridh Jackson switches from full-back to his normal position of fly-half while Cusiter starts at scrum-half and captains the side.

Gordon Reid replaces Jerry Yanuyanutawa at loose-head, Pat MacArthur returns from injury at hooker in place of Dougie Hall and Mike Cusack continues at tight-head.

Swinson lines up in the second-row alongside 19-year-old Jonny Gray, while James Eddie starts at blindside, Rob Harley moves to openside in place of Tyrone Holmes and Josh Strauss continues at number 8.


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