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Thomson back to boost Warriors

Scotland hooker Fergus Thomson is included as one of seven changes as Glasgow Warriors tackle Scarlets in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday.

Thomson returns from a shoulder injury which forced him to withdraw from the training squad for the World Cup.

In the six remaining changes to the side which beat Edinburgh 17-12 last weekend, Rob Dewey lines up at outside centre, Tommy Seymour starts on the wing and Henry Pyrgos and Ruaridh Jackson team up at half-back.

Tom Ryder and Rob Verbakel start at second row and, in the absence of Alastair Kellock, centre Graeme Morrison assumes the captaincy.

Glasgow face a tough challenge in Llanelli.

Head coach Sean Lineen told "This is another massive test against a side who will be looking to put pressure on us in terms of the RaboDirect PRO12 table.

"We've drawn our last three away matches between this competition and the Heineken Cup, and while we've been pleased with a number of the qualities that have shone through in those games, it's about going that one step further and discovering more of a clinical edge.

"This is the first of another batch of huge fixtures for us, and it's important we manage the squad to make sure we're getting the best out of each individual over the course of the campaign.

"The guys we've brought in this weekend are chomping at the bit to be involved and they all more than merit a start for how they've performed when given the opportunity.

"It's great to have Fergus back in the mix - he's part of the fabric of this club and knows what it means to play and win for Glasgow."


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