Pat Lam has named his Connacht side to face Enisei-STM in the final pool game of the European Challenge Cup at the Sportsground on Saturday (3pm). The head coach has made six changes to the starting team that lined out against Brive in France last weekend.

All four Connacht players named in the Ireland 6 Nations squad this week are included. Nathan White returns to join Ultan Dillane in the pack while Robbie Henshaw and Kieran Marmion return from injury to take their place in an otherwise unchanged backline.

There is a new front row with the introduction of local players Denis Buckley and Dave Heffernan alongside White while Eoghan Masterson, named at Number 8, allows captain John Muldoon return to blindside flanker.

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

“We know we will need a clinical and focussed performance tomorrow that ensures we take our chances and scores. Enisei will be coming here with confidence following their defeats of both Brive and Newcastle in our pool. They are a big, physical side and can do some damage if they are given a chance. But it’s up to us to take control of this game from the start.

“It’s great to have some guys back from injury for what is a crucial game for us in terms of our European ambitions. We are really excited to be back at the Sportsground tomorrow and we are determined to give our loyal supporters something to cheer about.”

Connacht team to face Enisei-STM, Saturday, January 23rd, 3pm

15           Tiernan O’Halloran
14           Danie Poolman
13           Robbie Henshaw
12           Bundee Aki
11           Matt Healy
10           AJ MacGinty
9              Kieran Marmion

1              Denis Buckley
2              Dave Heffernan
3              Nathan White
4              Ultan Dillane
5              Aly Muldowney
6              John Muldoon (captain)
7              James Connolly
8              Eoghan Masterson

16           Tom McCartney
17           Finlay Bealham
18           Rodney Ah You
19           George Naoupu
20           Sean O’Brien
21           Caolin Blade
22           Jack Carty
23           Rory Parata

Unavailable / Injured:  Jason Harris-Wright, Shane Delahunt, JP Cooney, Andrew Browne, Ben Marshall, Quinn Roux, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Eoin McKeon, John Cooney, Craig Ronaldson, Dave McSharry, Conor Finn, Darragh Leader.
Not registered with European squad: Jake Heenan

Connacht v Enisei-STM
Saturday 23rd January
the Sportsground
Kick off 3pm

Referee:  Tom Foley (Eng)

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