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Glasgow Warriors will hand elite development scrum-half Sean Kennedy a start in Friday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Leinster.

With Henry Pyrgos and Niko Matawalu both away on international duty and Chris Cusiter and Murray McConnell injured, Kennedy will get the chance to showcase his talents - with Gala's George Graham brought in as cover on bench.

Kennedy will partner the returning Scotland No 10 Ruaridh Jackson at half back, while centre Peter Horne and winger DTH Van Der Merwe also start in the backs.

Up front, Pat MacArthur takes over the hooking duties - with a place for Moray Low on the bench.

Leinster will welcome back Sean O'Brien for the trip to the Warriors.

O'Brien will make his first appearance of the season for the province, forming an all-Ireland back-row alongside Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin.

Isa Nacewa and Ian Madigan will also return to action, while Aaron Dundon makes his first appearance at hooker since the opening weekend.

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Peter Horne, 11 DTH Van Der Merwe, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Sean Kennedy, 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Pat MacArthur, 3 Mike Cusack, 4 Tim Swinson, 5 Tom Ryder, 6 Rob Harley, 7 Chris Fusaro (capt), 8 Josh Strauss.
Replacements: 16 Finlay Gillies, 17 Ofa Fainga'anuku, 18 Moray Low, 19 James Eddie, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 George Graham, 22 Scott Wight, 23 Byron McGuigan

Leinster: 15 Isa Nacewa, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Andrew Goodman, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Isaac Boss, 1 Jack McGrath, 2 Aaron Dundon, 3 Jamie Hagan, 4 Leo Cullen, 5 Quinn Roux, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 7 Shane Jennings, 8 Sean O'Brien.
Replacements: 16 Thomas Sexton, 17 Jack O'Connell, 18 Martin Moore, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 John Cooney, 22 Noel Reid, 23 Andrew Conway

What they said...

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend

"It's certainly unusual to have all our four scrum-halves unavailable at the same time but I've been very impressed with Sean since he joined us.

"His work ethic and attitude in training are excellent and, even with those other players available, he would be pushing for a starting place.

"George has come in and been very professional in his approach to training and it is great experience for him as he has impressed a lot of people this year with his performances for Gala."

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19:35Ospreys vs Connacht
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Saturday 1st November
17:15Cardiff Blues vs Munster
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Sunday 23rd November
15:30Benetton Treviso vs Leinster
16:00Edinburgh vs Cardiff Blues
Friday 28th November
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19:35Munster vs Ulster
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17:15Leinster vs Ospreys
19:30Connacht vs Scarlets
Sunday 30th November
16:00Glasgow vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Friday 19th December
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets
19:35Leinster vs Connacht
19:35Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso
Saturday 20th December
14:40Glasgow vs Munster
17:15Ospreys vs Ulster
Sunday 21st December
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Zebre
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