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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has made a number of changes to his line-up for the visit of the Scarlets.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has made a number of changes to his line-up for the visit of the Scarlets on Friday.

Winger DTH van der Merwe, scrum-half Chris Cusiter and fly-half Ruaridh Jackson come into the back division following the agonising 18-10 loss to Ulster.

Townsend has made a further four changes to his pack - with an all-new front row of Ryan Grant, Pat MacArthur and Moray Low, while John Barclay comes in at openside flanker.

Scarlets coach Simon Easterby has made just three changes to his 23-man squad for the trip to Glasgow.

Johnathan Edwards, Peter Edwards and Adam Warren return for the Scarlets after missing the opening-day win over Leinster.

Johnathan Edwards starts in the back-row, with Rhys Priestland, Jonathan Davies and Matthew Rees promoted to the starting XV. Peter Edwards and Warren start on the bench alongside Ken Owens and Aled Thomas.

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 DTH van der Merwe, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 John Barclay, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Al Kellock, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Moray Low, 1 Ryan Grant, 2 Pat MacArthur.
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Mike Cusack, 18 Gordon Reid, 19 James Eddie, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Peter Horne.

Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Andy Fenby 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 1 Rhodri Jones, 2 Matthew Rees, 3 Deacon Manu, 4 George Earle, 5 Richard Kelly, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Johnathan Edwards, 8 Rob McCusker (capt)
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Phil John, 18 Peter Edwards, 19 Sione Timani, 20 Kieran Murphy, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Aled Thomas, 23 Adam Warren.

What they said...

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend

"As ever, we've selected a team with one objective in mind: winning the match. The quality and depth of our squad is reflected by the guys we're able to bring in this week, all of whom know they have to deliver with so many other players breathing down their necks.

"That's particularly the case in a position like wing. We're delighted to welcome back DTH van der Merwe, an experienced, quality campaigner coming into the side in a role where Tommy Seymour performed very well last week.

"Similarly in the front row, we're lucky to have a number of really good options. Ryan Grant and Moray Low both performed very well off the bench in Ulster, as did John Barclay, Chris Cusiter and Ruaridh Jackson, all of whom start this week."

Scarlets forwards coach Danny Wilson

"We've had a good look at the Warriors and their game last weekend, they were a very dogged side, and they'll put a lot of pressure on in the contact area. We know we'll have to be sharp this weekend - it's going to be a tough fixture as their opening game in the new home and they'll want to bounce back from their loss last weekend.

"We are under no illusion as to what we are facing - they were a very strong side last season and reached the semi-finals just ahead of us by a couple of points. But we're confident in what we can bring, the players are gelling well and know they have to back up what they achieved last weekend."

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