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Connacht team to face Ospreys

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9 Sep 2016

Tiernan O'Halloran

The Connacht team to face Ospreys in round 2 of the Guinness PRO12 has been named and features four changes to the side that lined out at the Sportsground last weekend.

Ireland internationals Tiernan O’Halloran and Kieran Marmion come into the backline with the Galway-born fullback making his first appearance for Connacht since his Ireland debut in South Africa three months ago.

Ronan Loughney packs down in the front row while Academy graduate James Connolly starts alongside Eoin McKeon and captain John Muldoon in the back row.

Forwards Dominic Robertson-McCoy and Rory Moloney are both in line to make their Connacht debuts from the bench tomorrow while Danie Poolman is included among the replacement backs.

Commenting on the team selection and the upcoming game, head coach Pat Lam said:

“Following a few injuries and knocks from last week, we’ve obviously made some changes to the starting team for tomorrow. With Caolin (Blade) and Cian (Kelleher) unable to train fully all week, it’s fortunate that we’re able to bring in the experience of Connacht centurions Kieran (Marmion) and Tiernan (O’Halloran).

“Ospreys will be another big challenge for us and will come here determined and confident after their impressive win over Zebre in round 1. It’s been a tough week with a lot of honesty and learnings for us as a team. I have no doubt that with another game under our belt, we will see a big improvement tomorrow.”

Connacht team to face Ospreys, Saturday 10th September, the Sportsground, 7:35pm

15          Tiernan O’Halloran
14           Niyi Adeolokun
13           Eoin Griffin
12           Bundee Aki
11           Matt Healy
10           Jack Carty
9             Kieran Marmion

1              Ronan Loughney
2              Tom McCartney
3              Finlay Bealham
4              Ultan Dillane
5              Danny Qualter
6              Eoin McKeon
7              James Connolly
8              John Muldoon (captain)
 
Replacements:

16           Dave Heffernan
17           Dominic Robertson-McCoy
18           JP Cooney
19           Lewis Stevenson
20           Rory Moloney
21           Caolin Blade
22           Shane O’Leary
23           Danie Poolman

Injured/Unavailable: Denis Buckley, Nathan White, Quinn Roux, Andrew Browne, Ben Marshall, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Jake Heenan, Sean O’Brien, Eoghan Masterson, John Cooney, Stephen Kerins, Conor Lowndes, Craig Ronaldson, Marnitz Boshoff, Rory Parata, Peter Robb, Darragh Leader, Cian Kelleher, Ciaran Gaffney.

Connacht v Ospreys
Saturday September 10th
At the Sportsground, 7.35pm.
Live on TG4/S4C

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 26th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Claudio Blessano (FIR), Leo Colgan (IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Tim Lowry (IRFU)
TMO: Alan Falzone (FIR)