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Connacht team to face Edinburgh

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

29 Sep 2016

Peter Robb

Connacht Rugby head Coach Pat Lam has made two changes to the starting team ahead of tomorrow evening’s Guinness PRO12 Round 5 game at home to Edinburgh (Kick Off: 7.35pm – live on TG4).

Peter Robb returns to the starting lineup to partner Bundee Aki in midfield and in an otherwise unchanged backline.

In the pack, 25-year-old Conor Carey makes his Connacht debut starting in the front row with Denis Buckley and Tom McCartney.

Commenting on the upcoming game, Pat Lam said:

“We’re back at the Sportsground tomorrow and really looking forward to the challenge. We are under no illusions as to the threat that Edinburgh pose, and the physicality they will bring to the contest. We are determined to continue improving in our game as we look to earn the points that are available.”

Connacht team to face Edinburgh, Friday 30th September, the Sportsground, 7:35pm

(Connacht caps in brackets)

15 Tiernan O’Halloran (104)
14 Niyi Adeolokun (35)
13 Bundee Aki (44)
12 Peter Robb (18)
11 Matt Healy (76)
10 Jack Carty (57)
9 Kieran Marmion (105)

1 Denis Buckley (98)
2 Tom McCartney (47)
3 Conor Carey (0)
4 Quinn Roux (34)
5 Ultan Dillane (30)
6 Eoin McKeon (88)
7 Jake Heenan (35)
8 John Muldoon (captain) (278)

Replacements:
16 Dave Heffernan (60)
17 Ronan Loughney (186)
18 Finlay Bealham (60)
19 Lewis Stevenson (3)
20 James Connolly (19)
21 Caolin Blade (23)
22 Shane O’Leary (17)
23 Cian Kelleher (2)

Injured/Unavailable: Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Ivan Soroka, Saba Meunargia, Ben Marshall, Andrew Browne, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Sean O’Brien, Eoghan Masterson, John Cooney, Craig Ronaldson, Marnitz Boshoff, Rory Parata, Eoin Griffin, Josh Rowland, Darragh Leader, Ciaran Gaffney.

Connacht v Edinburgh
Friday 30th September 2016
At the Sportsground, 7.35pm.
Live on TG4

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU, 137th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Simon Rees (WRU), John Carvill (IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: John Cole (IRFU)
TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)