The Connacht squad has been extended to 26 to allow a number of players time to recover from knocks sustained in training and against the Glasgow Warriors last weekend.
The team was bolstered by the return to training this week of Johnny O’Connor, Brian Touhy and Eoin Griffin. O’Connor has been sidelined with a back injury and though not considered for selection yet his return to training marks a welcome relief to the Connacht Management whose back-row have been plagued by injury with captain John Muldoon and no. 8 Ezra Taylor both out of action. Griffin (hand) and Touhy (back) also returned to training and will look for inclusion in the coming weeks.
Gavin Duffy (back), Frank Murphy (foot), Fionn Carr (foot) and Jamie Hagan (back) all pulled up out of training today after carrying knocks from last Fridays win in Scotland and their progress will be monitored throughout the week to assess their availability for the weekend.
Ronan Loughney, Brett Wilkinson, Sean Cronin, Adrian Flavin, Rob Sweeney, Jamie Hagan, Andrew Browne, Dave Nolan, Michael Swift, Bernie Upton, Michael McCarthy, Ray Ofisa, Mike McComish, Shane Conneely
Cillian Willis, Frank Murphy, Miah Nikora, Ian Keatley, Fionn Carr, Keith Matthews, Niva Taauso, Tiernan OHalloran, Aidan Wynne, Troy Nathan, Gavin Duffy, Darragh Fanning.
Meanwhile Iarnród Eireann is happy to announce that special train arrangements will be in place to cater for rugby supporters who wish to travel from Athlone, Ballinasloe, and Athenry to Galway for the Connacht V Ulster rugby match on Saturday 25th September.
Passengers will be able to avail of regular trains departing Athlone at 16.04hrs, 17.04hrs and 18.02hrs, all of which will arrive at Ceannt Station in time for the game.
A return train will depart Galway at 22.15hrs returning to Athlone and serving Athenry, Attymon, Woodlawn and Ballinasloe.
The Return fare, which should be purchased on the day from Station Ticket Offices, is an attractive €10.00.