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Josh Strauss will make his 100th appearance for Glasgow Warriors in Friday night’s European Rugby Champions Cup match against Racing 92 at Scotstoun.

The Warriors won 23-14 against the French side in Paris last Saturday.

All 7,351 tickets have been sold for the Pool 1 encounter.

Stuart Hogg continues at full-back and Tommy Seymour and Lee Jones complete the back-three.

Alex Dunbar, who scored one of the tries last weekend, links up with Sam Johnson in midfield.

Last week’s Man of the Match Finn Russell is at fly-half and Ali Price, who scored Glasgow’s second try in Paris, starts at scrum-half.

In the pack Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson pack down in the front-row, with Tim Swinson and captain Jonny Gray in the engine room.

The backrow trio of Rob Harley, Strauss and Ryan Wilson complete the starting line-up, with Simone Favaro missing out through injury.

Chris Fusaro comes onto the bench and Henry Pyrgos, who signed a new two-year deal with the club this week, is once again named amongst the replacements.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Both teams will know each other better and the players will have more of an understanding of each other of what is required to win.

“Racing 92 are a quality side and played some excellent rugby against us last weekend. We’ve got to ensure that we deliver an even better performance against them tomorrow.

“It will be a special night for Josh (Strauss) and his family with him making his 100th appearance for the club.

“We can’t wait to get out in front of a sold-out crowd who can bring their energy into our performance and we’re hoping for a really noisy atmosphere tomorrow night.”

Glasgow Warriors:

15. Stuart Hogg (91) (27)
14. Tommy Seymour (92) (23)
13. Alex Dunbar (89) (21)
12. Sam Johnson (19) (6)
11. Lee Jones (42) (20)
10. Finn Russell (54) (15)
9. Ali Price (32) (6)

1. Gordon Reid (104) (18)
2. Fraser Brown (55) (10)
3. Zander Fagerson (41) (9)
4. Tim Swinson (87) (39)
5. Jonny Gray (Captain) (64) (17)
6. Rob Harley (147) (29)
7. Ryan Wilson (120) (27)
8. Josh Strauss (99) (20)

Replacements:

16. Corey Flynn (9) (9)
17. Alex Allan (35) (10)
18. Sila Puafisi (32) (17)
19. Brian Alainu’uese (4) (1)
20. Chris Fusaro (113) (23)
21. Henry Pyrgos (113) (24)
22. Mark Bennett (59) (11)
23. Sean Lamont (105) (59)

*Glasgow Warrior and European appearances in brackets

Not available due to injury: Scott Cummings (shoulder), Simone Favaro (shoulder), Jarrod Firth (neck), Peter Horne (knee / ankle), Rory Hughes (knee), Peter Murchie (trunk), Greg Peterson (shoulder), Leonardo Sarto (shoulder), Tjiuee Uanivi (shoulder) and Richie Vernon (shoulder).

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6 Responses to Scottish Rugby: Josh Strauss to make his 100th Warrior appearance

  • 1

    Really pleased for Josh to be reaching this milestone. He has done so well at Glasgow and has been a stalwart and workhorse especially in his first few seasons where he played well in excess of 1800 minutes in each season for two seasons in a row. A nice guy too.

  • 2

    Bath 7/3 Cardiff

  • 3

    @ Bullscot:
    What a great player.

    Congratulations from a long time fan.

    MANY Rugby people from across SA had him earmarked as a Bok and potential SA captain.

    Then he just moved on.

    Can only speculate as to the real reason(s) he left the Lions.

    Of course the rumour mill and stories one hears in Rugby circles only make it more intrigueing.

  • 4

    3 @ Scrumdown:
    Yes really chuffed for him and the team that his move to Glasgow has worked out so well. He had a good game last night and scored Glasgow’s first try although to be fair he just took the last pass and ran a bit and dotted down BUT he did the hard yards in support being up with the play as the backs started the move well inside Glasgow half if I remember correctly. He was strong last night at one point Racing were well on the attack and looked dangerous and one of his tackles made them knock on and made a big difference to Glasgow getting out of that one. You will probably know a lot more about behind the scenes at your Lions, although there was an opportunity to cap him for SA that wasn’t taken by Mr Meyer.

  • 5

    Johan Goosen has retired from rugby it has been reported yesterday, only seen it now. Apparently Racing are not happy with him as he seemed to be injury free this year. The report thinks he is heading back to SA to be a commercial director. He was voted the player of the year last year.
    “We regret that so obviously talented a young player has been misguided and abandoned professional rugby,” said Racing president Jacky Lorenzetti. “Racing 92 reserves the right for a judicial follow-up to both Johan Goosen and those who advise him.”

  • 6

    Great player, will always have respect for him, but I do wonder what role he played in the player revolt at the Lions that cost John Mitchell his job?


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