Duo drafted in for Dragons clash

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Ruaridh Jackson and Johnnie Beattie return as two of 10 changes as Glasgow Warriors go in search of a sixth straight RaboDirect PRO12 win at Newport Gwent Dragons on Sunday.

Fly-half Jackson is to make his first Warriors appearance of the campaign after suffering a hamstring injury in the World Cup defeat to England at the beginning of October.

Beattie, who was not selected for the tournament, will start at number eight, making his 100th Celtic League appearance.

Rob Dewey returns at outside centre and as captain, Peter Murchie and Colin Shaw come into the back three, Dougie Hall and Ed Kalman come into the front row, Rob Verbakel has been named in the second row and Beattie is joined in the back row by Chris Fusaro and Calum Forrester.

Forrester is set to make his first appearance since suffering a knee injury in March, while 19-year-old scrum-half Murray McConnell could make his debut from the bench.

Glasgow last won in Newport in September 2008, while the Dragons are yet to be beaten at Rodney Parade in the RaboDirect PRO12 this term.

Head coach Sean Lineen told www.glasgowwarriors.org: "The players have shown tremendous spirit and fighting qualities in recent weeks to dig out a number of important wins.

"Their courage and commitment is there for all to see, and it's those sorts of qualities that will be required in spades against the Dragons.

"We've shown that we've got what it takes to win on the road in this competition, and the challenge now for the team is to keep that momentum going by putting in another sharp, intense display come Sunday."

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