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Glasgow Warriors to pay tribute to murdered former player Federico Aramburu

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Glasgow Warriors All Kellock and Federico Aramburu (left) during the RaboDirect PRO12 match at Firhill, Glasgow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

Glasgow will pay tribute to their former player Federico Aramburu at Friday’s United Rugby Championship match against Zebre.

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The Argentine, who played for Warriors from 2010 to 2011, was shot dead in Paris a fortnight ago, aged 42.

Several of Aramburu’s friends and ex-team-mates, including Chris Cusiter and Ruaridh Jackson, will be in attendance at Scotstoun on Friday, with a minute’s applause to be held before the game against the Italians.

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Glasgow managing director Al Kellock, who played alongside the former Los Pumas centre just over a decade ago, said: “Fede was a truly gifted rugby player, but above all he was one of the greatest human beings you could ever have the privilege to meet.

“We’re proud to come together as a club, including our network of past players, to honour the memory of a true Warrior at our final home game of the regular season.”

It promises to be an emotional night at Scotstoun, with record appearance holder Rob Harley playing his first game since announcing this week that he will be leaving at the the end of the season.

It could end up being the 31-year-old’s last-ever home outing for the club if they slip out of the top four and fail to secure a home quarter-final.

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Head coach Danny Wilson, who has made seven changes to the side that lost 32-28 away to Cardiff last weekend, is hoping for a strong performance against Zebre.

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“For 50 minutes we played some great rugby last weekend, but the last half an hour was well below the standards we expect of ourselves as a team,” Wilson told the Glasgow website.

“We know we’ll need a full 80-minute performance against Zebre. Being back at home for our final regular season home game is one of the motivators for us to put in a better performance.

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“There is also added motivation as this could be Rob Harley’s final home game for the club. Rob epitomises what it means to be a Warrior and is a guy who has given a huge amount to the club and we want to celebrate his career with a strong showing.”

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