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Duffy returns as Elwood makes three changes

Guinness PRO12 Editor

22 Nov 2012

The Connacht team to face Newport Gwent Dragons in Friday evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash at Rodney Parade (KO: 7pm) has been named. There are just three changes to the team that beat Benetton Treviso 18-3 in round 8.

Gavin Duffy, captain, makes a welcome return to the Connacht line-up this week, starting on the wing. The skipper who was unavailable for a number of weeks due to injury made an appearance at the 73rd minute in the last round against Italian side Treviso and touched down for a try after just a minute on the pitch.

There are no further changes to the backline. Danie Poolman, on his third outing for the province, joins Dave McSharry in the centre while Tiernan O'Halloran is named at right-wing.

Meanwhile, up front there are two changes to the pack with Mick Kearney replacing Mike McCarthy who remains on international duty this week. Kearney is joined in the second row by Michael Swift, who makes his 229th appearance for the Westerners.

On the bench, hooker Ethienne Reynecke is named among the front row replacements following his return to training this week. Flying winger Matt Healy could earn his first cap for the province tomorrow evening. The 23 year old joined the club this season from Lansdowne RFC and has made a notable impression with the Connacht Eagles.

Connacht XV

15. Robbie Henshaw
14. Tiernan O'Halloran
13. Danie Poolman
12. Dave McSharry
11. Gavin Duffy (captain)
10. Dan Parks
9. Kieran Marmion

1. Denis Buckley
2. Jason Harris-Wright
3. Nathan White
4. Michael Swift
5. Mick Kearney
6. Andrew Browne
7. Willie Faloon
8. Eoin McKeon

Replacements (from):
16. Ethienne Reynecke
17. Rodney Ah You
18. Ronan Loughney
19. Dave Gannon
20. Johnny O'Connor
21. David Moore
22. Miah Nikora
23. Matt Healy

At Rodney Parade, 7pm
Referee: Giuseppe Vivarini (FIR, 4th competition game)
Assistant Referees: James Jones, Kevin Shorte (both WRU)
Citing Commissioner: Ray Walton (WRU)