Major Changes For Glasgow

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Dougie Hall
The Glasgow Warriors will return to the front-line on Saturday in a bid to keep their Heineken Cup quarter-final hopes alive as they travel to Italy to face Viadana at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella (kick-off 2:30pm local time, 1:30pm GMT).

Head coach Sean Lineen has made ten changes, two of which are positional, to the team that played Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend with five players being promoted from the bench to the 1st XV (Ed Kalman, Kevin Tkachuk, Alastair Kellock, Johnnie Beattie and Colin Gregor).

In doing so, Lineen has selected an entirely new front row with Scotland internationalist Dougie Hall getting his first competitive_start of the season in the Glasgow no. 2 shirt.

The Glasgow Warriors will return to the front-line on Saturday in a bid to keep their Heineken Cup quarter-final hopes alive as they travel to Italy to face Viadana at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella (kick-off 2:30pm local time, 1:30pm GMT).

Head coach Sean Lineen has made ten changes, two of which are positional, to the team that played Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend with five players being promoted from the bench to the 1st XV (Ed Kalman, Kevin Tkachuk, Alastair Kellock, Johnnie Beattie and Colin Gregor).

In doing so, Lineen has selected an entirely new front row with Scotland internationalist Dougie Hall getting his first competitive_start of the season in the Glasgow no. 2 shirt.

Hall lines up alongside Glasgow favourite Kevin Tkachuk and Scotland A prop Ed Kalman in a front row weighing around 56 _ stone or 360Kgs.

Samoan international Opeta Palepoi also makes his competitive debut for the Warriors as he links up with captain Alastair Kellock in the second row.

In the back division, Colin Shaw retains his place on the wing whilst Colin Gregor is introduced in the centre alongside Daryl Gibson.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Lineen said: "We"ve put ourselves in a great position as we look to take one step closer the quarter-finals.

"But, we"ve got another massive game coming up next Friday against Saracens at Firhill before we can achieve something that no Glasgow side has ever done before.

'the last few weeks have been disappointing, but we need to remember that we"re still a good team.

'the players selected for the Saturday are those with a point to prove and the team also reflects the way in which we"re looking to play the game."

Glasgow Warriors team to play Viadana at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella in the fifth round of the Heineken Cup on Saturday 12 January (kick-off 2:30pm local time, 1:30pm GMT)

15 Bernardo Stortoni

14 Colin Shaw
13 Colin Gregor
12 Daryl Gibson
11 Thom Evans

10 Dan Parks
9 Sam Pinder

1 Kevin Tkachuk
2 Dougie Hall
3 Ed Kalman
4 Opeta Palepoi
5 Alastair Kellock CAPTAIN
6 Kelly Brown
7 John Barclay
8 Johnnie Beattie

Substitutes
16 Eric Milligan
17 Justin Va"a
18 Moray Low
19 Dan Turner
20 James Eddie
21 Scott Barrow
22 Hefin O"Hare