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Warriors duo to return

Ruaridh Jackson and Johnnie Beattie are set to return to the Glasgow Warriors starting XV for Saturday's crucial Heineken Cup Pool Three clash at Montpellier.

Warriors head coach Sean Lineen has made five changes from the side which began the 20-15 defeat of the French side at Firhill last Sunday, with Jackson preferred to Duncan Weir at fly-half.

Beattie is back at number eight, while Chris Fusaro is set to start at openside flanker, meaning John Barclay will switch to the blindside. Rob Harley has been ruled out with a hand injury.

Also in the pack, Ryan Grant has been selected at loosehead prop in place of Jon Welsh, while outside Jackson, Troy Nathan replaces Graeme Morrison at centre.

Glasgow are seeking to do the double over a Montpellier side which finished runners-up in the Top 14 last season and claim a third win from four Heineken Cup games this term.

Lineen said: "This is a simply massive game for the whole club. We've put ourselves in a reasonable position by beating Bath and Montpellier at home, but if we're serious about progressing from the pool we need to win on the road, and we know from our experience in Dublin how difficult that is.

"We know it will be just as tough in southern France this weekend. Montpellier showed at Firhill that they're a terrifically physical team with a lot of ability, and they've won their last three games in the Top 14, beating sides like Clermont and Biarritz."

Glasgow have lost only one of their last nine games in all competitions - the Heineken Cup loss to defending champions Leinster.

Jackson made an impression off the substitutes' bench at Firhill, giving him the nod from the start.

Lineen added: "Duncan Weir again performed very well last weekend, but I was impressed with the control and composure that Ruaridh brought off the bench, while Johnnie gives us another great ball-carrying option in the back row."


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