Centre Peter Robb has returned from a leg operation to take his place in the Connacht Eagles starting XV to face Richmond in the B&I Cup. Craig Ronaldson who reintegrated into to full training in the past week is included among the replacements.


The Connacht side includes a mix of youth and experience. In the back row, Academy players Sean Masterson (openside) and Paul Boyle (number 8) and joined by Naulia Dawai at blindside. Mayo native Pat O’Toole starts at hooker where he is flanked by Conan O’Donnell at loose head and Conor Kenny at blind side.


Kick-off 3:00pm:

(15-9) Matt Byrne, Adam Leavy, Kieran Joyce, Peter Robb, Stacey Ili, Andrew Deegan, Conor McKeon,
(1-8) Conan O’Donnell, Pat O’Toole, Conor Kenny, Cian Huxford, Gavin Thornbury, Naulia Dawai, Sean Masterson, Paul Boyle

Replacements (16-23): Callum Torpey, Denis Coulson, Jakub Woitjowicz, Dylan Tierney, Caoilin Blade, Steve Crosbie, Craig Ronaldson.


Scholes and Connolly return from injury to boost Connacht Eagles side