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Townsend: Everyone wants to play

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend is delighted to have reinforcements available ahead of the first part of their double header against Edinburgh.

Captain Al Kellock has been recalled for the Guinness Pro12 game, which doubles up as the first leg of the 1872 Cup, after being left out of the defeat by Toulouse and victory over Munster.

Stuart Hogg and Alex Dunbar return from injury while Scotland half-back pair Duncan Weir and Henry Pyrgos come in for the Scotstoun clash.

Ryan Grant, Pat MacArthur, Tim Swinson and Ryan Wilson are also brought into a strong Glasgow line-up while the fit-again Sean Maitland is on the bench.

Townsend said ahead of the sell-out clash: "It's encouraging that a number of our players have come back from injury and we have a bigger squad to select from this week.

"This is the game every player wants to play in and there has been a real edge to training.

"It was a really difficult team to select with the second half performance against Munster and the impact the bench made, in addition to a number of players coming back from injury. It's a case of rewarding those who are in form and finding the right combinations for this weekend's opponents.

"We know we face an extremely tough test against an in-form Edinburgh side, but all the players are really looking forward to this derby match."

Edinburgh have rested main try threat Tim Visser with Tom Brown coming in on the wing.

They have made minimal changes though but Ross Ford and Anton Bresler are back from injury.

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons said: "The 1872 Cup fixture is rich in history and tradition. We all appreciate the privilege of being involved in such a match and are determined to do justice to the occasion."


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