Fa"Atau & Brown To Make Debuts

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Lome Fa'atau
Lome Fa"atau will make his Glasgow debut tomorrow night alongside Scotland flanker Kelly Brown when the Warriors take on Munster in the Magners League at Firhill Arena (kick-off 7:30pm).

In addition, Glasgow welcome back another two players from the Rugby World Cup, centre Andrew Henderson and stand-off Dan Parks, both of whom helped take Scotland to the quarter-final stages.

Samoan international, Fa"atau, who signed for the Warriors during the summer from Wellington Hurricanes, brings with him a reputation of being one of the most exciting wingers in world rugby.

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Lome Fa"atau will make his Glasgow debut tomorrow night alongside Scotland flanker Kelly Brown when the Warriors take on Munster in the Magners League at Firhill Arena (kick-off 7:30pm).

In addition, Glasgow welcome back another two players from the Rugby World Cup, centre Andrew Henderson and stand-off Dan Parks, both of whom helped take Scotland to the quarter-final stages.

Samoan international, Fa"atau, who signed for the Warriors during the summer from Wellington Hurricanes, brings with him a reputation of being one of the most exciting wingers in world rugby.

Fa"atau reached the final of last seasons Super XIV with the Hurricanes and became the tournaments top try scorer in the process.

Looking ahead to making his first appearance at The Arena, Fa"atau said: "I"m really looking forward to playing in front of the Glasgow fans for the first time.

'the weather has been pretty cold back home so it hasn't come as a shock to me yet and settling into the squad has been easy as well. Justin [Va"a] and OP [Opeta Palepoi] have been a great help."

On Magners League rugby at Firhill, Fa"atau added: "I suppose due to the weather, most people think that Magners League rugby won't be as expansive and as fast as the Super XIV, but playing at a football ground will hopefully mean that we can play at real pace throughout the entire season."

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Kelly Brown
Fellow debutant, Brown, added: 'the World Cup was an awesome experience so hopefully I will get the chance to play in some more in the future, however my focus has now fully turned to Glasgow.

"I"m settling in nicely and training is going well. All the boys have made me feel very welcome. I"m looking forward to tomorrow night and starting my Glasgow career on a high."

Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen concluded: "We"re getting closer to our full strength side.

"We are developing some real competition for places, which is exactly what you need to drive a team forward.

"We are also getting closer to our European campaign, so I am looking for our boys to really front-up against a powerful Munster side."

Glasgow Warriors team to play Munster in the Magners League at Firhill Arena on Friday 26 October (kick-off 7:30pm)

15 Bernardo Stortoni

14 Lome Fa"atau
13 Andrew Henderson
12 Daryl Gibson
11 Thom Evans

10 Dan Parks
9 Chris O"Young

1 Ed Kalman
2 Fergus Thomson
3 Moray Low
4 Andy Newman
5 Alastair Kellock CAPTAIN *
6 Stevie Swindall
7 John Barclay *
8 Kelly Brown *

Substitutes
16 Eric Milligan
17 Michael Collins
18 Dan Turner
19 Johnnie Beattie *
20 Sam Pinder
21 Scott Barrow
22 Hefin O"Hare

* = Member of Scottish Institute of Sport

MUNSTER TEAM FOR GLASGOW

Internationals John Hayes, Donncha O'Callaghan, David Wallace, Jerry Flannery, Marcus Horan and Denis Leamy return to action for Munster while Keith Earls is listed among the replacements for the trip to Glasgow.

Hayes, O'Callaghan and Wallace are named in the starting line-up along with Frank Sheahan and Peter Stringer who both came on as second half replacements last time out in the game against Ospreys, while Flannery, Horan and Leamy are listed among the replacements.

All told there are eight changes, two positional, to the side that started that day in the Liberty Stadium, Rua Tipoki moves to number thirteen with Lifeimi Mafi wearing the number twelve shirt and the return of John Hayes sees Tony Buckley switch to loosehead prop.

Elsewhere, O'Callaghan takes over from Mark Melbourne who is named on the bench, Niall Ronan earns a well deserved breather with Wallace getting the openside berth in a side that once again will be led by Anthony Foley winning his 184th competitive Munster cap.

Munster team to play Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League at Firhill Arena on Friday 26 October (kick-off 7:30pm)

15 Shaun Payne

14 Brian Carney
13 Rua Tipoki
12 Lifeimi Mafi
11 Ian Dowling

10 Paul Warwick
9 Peter Stringer

1 Tony Buckley
2 Frank Sheahan
3 John Hayes
4 Donncha O'Callaghan
5 Mick O'Driscoll
6 Alan Quinlan
7 David Wallace
8 Anthony Foley CAPTAIN

Substitutes
16 Jerry Flannery
17 Marcus Horan
18 Mark Melbourne
19 Denis Leamy
20 Thomas O'Leary
21 Jeremy Manning
22 Keith Earls

Tickets for the game against Munster this Friday (26 October, kick-off 7:30pm) are priced at _15 for adults and _5 for concessions (under 18s, students & OAPs) and can be purchased by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 3490 or by clicking here