Ahead of the Guinness PRO12 round 2 clash with Glasgow Warriors, Connacht head coach Pat Lam has made one change to his side that defeated the Dragons in round 1.

Scrumhalf John Cooney will start in the number 9 shirt against the defending champions while Kieran Marmion, who was absent from training sessions this week while he recovered from a minor hip injury, is named on the bench.

Up front, captain John Muldoon will line out for his 250th game with his home province and is joined in the back row with the first try scorer of the season Nepia Fox-Matamua and Academy graduate Eoghan Masterson.

Ultan Dillane comes on to the bench to replace the injured Eoin McKeon while Ben Marshall will now cover the back row as well as lock.

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

“We understand the enormity of the challenge we have before us against a well-coached Glasgow side stacked full of quality players. We have yet to win at Scotstoun and we’re playing the defending champions who will be fired up after last week’s defeat.

“But our focus for the growth of our young squad is to compete and perform in challenges like this.

“We have trained well this week and we know only performing as a collective will give us a chance.”

Connacht line-up v Glasgow Warriors

15. Tiernan O’Halloran
14. Danie Poolman
13. Rory Parata
12. Bundee Aki
11. Matt Healy
10. Jack Carty
9. John Cooney

1. Denis Buckley
2. Tom McCartney
3. Rodney Ah You
4. Quinn Roux
5. Andrew Browne
6. John Muldoon (captain)
7. Nepia Fox-Matamua
8. Eoghan Masterson


16. Dave Heffernan
17. JP Cooney
18. Finlay Bealham
19. Ultan Dillane
20. Ben Marshall
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Craig Ronaldson
23. Fionn Carr

Unavailable / Injured: Nathan White, Ronan Loughney, Jake Heenan, Eoin McKeon,  Api Pewhairangi, Niyi Adeolokun, Darragh Leader, Robbie Henshaw.

Glasgow Warriors v Connacht
Friday September 11th
At Scotstoun Stadium, 7:35pm

Glasgow v Connacht will be broadcast live on BBC Scotland and TG4.


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