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Warriors ready for Leinster test

Glasgow Warriors will aim to halt Leinster's seemingly irrepressible march in Heineken Cup competition when the Irish side travel to Firhill on Sunday.

The Warriors enter their penultimate match in Heineken Cup pool three trailing Leinster by six points in the standings and are seeking to inflict the defending champions' first loss in European competition since December 2010.

Head coach Sean Lineen, who has made 10 changes to his starting XV following last week's narrow RaboDirect PRO12 loss at Scarlets, knows Glasgow must deliver to keep alive their hopes of advancing in Europe this term, and told "This is the sort of game you work in rugby to be involved in."

He added: "What a challenge we've got ahead of us, against a side who have set new standards for the rest of Europe in what they do at the contact area and how many good decisions they make right across the park."

Two Scotland internationals are absent, with tighthead prop Moray Low ruled out with a knee injury and fly-half Ruaridh Jackson with a hamstring problem.

Five of the 10 changes are in the pack, with captain Alastair Kellock and Richie Gray lining up in the second row, John Barclay set to start at number eight, Pat MacArthur at hooker and Ed Kalman at tighthead.

Scrum-half Chris Cusiter and fly-half Duncan Weir return, Colin Shaw has been named on the wing and Stuart Hogg will start at outside centre alongside the retained Graeme Morrison.

Rory Lamont is to line up at full-back, returning from the blow to the head he suffered in the Boxing Day derby draw at Edinburgh.

Rob Harley has been named in the team at blindside flanker, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing this afternoon. The hearing has been called after the 21-year-old picked up a third RaboDirect PRO12 yellow card of the season during the Scarlets match.

Should Harley receive a sanction that makes him unavailable for Sunday's game, Barclay, ordinarily an openside, will switch to blindside flanker, with Ryan Wilson coming in at number eight.


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