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Townsend rests Scottish stars

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend has rested several Scotland internationals for Saturday's clash with Connacht with the autumn internationals in mind.

Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Tommy Seymour, Ryan Grant, Pat MacArthur and Tim Swinson have all been left out of the RaboDirect Pro12 trip to Galway after playing against Munster last weekend, while Moray Low drops to the bench.

With Scotland kicking off their viagogo Autumn Tests against Japan on November 9, Ruaridh Jackson, Henry Pyrgos and Alastair Kellock have again been left out while their fellow international Alex Dunbar continues to miss out with a neck/shoulder injury.

Scotland half-backs Duncan Weir and Chris Cusiter both keep their places and centre Mark Bennett comes into the team while the pack contains four of the 41-man training squad that Scotland coach Scott Johnson assembled earlier this week in the shape of Jon Welsh, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley and Chris Fusaro.

Dougie Hall will make his 150th league appearance while Niko Matawalu comes in for Maitland at full-back after being cleared of biting Munster opponent Donncha O'Callaghan by a league disciplinary panel.

Warriors are looking to continue their 100 per cent away record in the league against the bottom team after losing the lead to Munster last Friday.

Townsend said: "We were all disappointed with the defeat to Munster last weekend and we're determined to pick ourselves up for what will be another tough game tomorrow night.

"Connacht are playing very well under Pat Lam and came very close to beating Saracens and Leinster in recent weeks, so we know how difficult this game will be.

"Due to the upcoming autumn tests we've made a few changes, which is an opportunity for a number of other players in the squad."


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