European Champions Cup: Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues
Venue: Scotstoun Date: Sunday, 1-3 January Kick off: 15:15 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary Radio Scotland & on the Web; Text commentary on BBC Sport website & Program

Full back Stuart Hogg is appropriate to return for Glasgow among 11 changes to their side for Sunday’s decisive Champions Cup pool game against Cardiff Blues.

Wing Tommy Seymour is also back while Brandon Thomson starts at fly half, together with Adam Hastings around the seat.

Wing Tom James yields for Blues for first time in more than a year after out time to Take Care of depression.

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions hooker Matthew Rees is also back after dealing with the knee injury.

The 38-year-old has combined playing Pontypridd from the Welsh Premiership while training them, but has not played Blues since suffering the injury from March 2018.

Hogg has struck a hip injury which forced him off in his final outing against Edinburgh that a 14 days ago.

Centre Nick Grigg, wing DTH van der Merwe and scrumhalf Ali Price also come into the backline, where there is no place for Scotland centre Huw Jones, also Pete Horne is sidelined with a knee injury.

Props Oli Kebble and D’Arcy Rae, lock Rob Harley – that becomes the first Warriors player to reach 200 matches – and back-rowers Callum Gibbins and Matt Fagerson start up front, together with Jonny grey absent with a shoulder injury.

Rees’ yield for the traffic is the culmination of a slow return that has included matches for Blues A, Cardiff RFC and Pontypridd.

Wing James, with 12 Wales caps, is among 12 changes in all, for example Shane Lewis-Hughes which makes his competitive debut in the back row.

Right wing Owen Lane, a Wales contender for its autumn Test squad before injury hit in October, is also back while fly half Jarrod Evans yields on the seat and Wales’ Gareth Anscombe is now rested.

Glasgow sit four things behind Pool Three leaders Saracens, that they visit confront their final pool game on 19 January.

A bonus-point triumph on the Blues would advantage them closer to an area from the quarterfinals, but anything under the usual four-try win can render them needing points from their game against Saracens to be eligible.