Warriors' Hall fights way back to face Ospreys

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Glasgow have made three changes to the starting XV for tomorrow's Magners League match against the Ospreys.

The hooker Dougie Hall, lock Aly Muldowney and winger Rob Dewey have come into the side for the Firhill encounter, replacing Fergus Thomson, Tom Ryder and Federico Aramburu, respectively. Thomson and Ryder are named on the bench but Aramburu is out with a neck strain.

Hall was this week called into Andy Robinson's squad for the autumn Tests and is pleased to return to the Warriors front row. "I was aware I had to earn back my place in the Glasgow team and I'm glad some of my performances have given me the opportunity to start," Hall said. "This weekend is another opportunity to find a bit of form going into the autumn Tests and, hopefully, gain selection."

Glasgow have won one of their five league games this season and their head coach, Sean Lineen, knows his side face a stern test. "The Ospreys have quality right throughout and they'll have an international XV whoever they pick," he said. "The Ospreys defence is the strongest in the league and that is where they score their tries – turnovers. Their set-piece play is very aggressive and they boast so many wily campaigners who can turn a game."

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