Eagles team announced for British & Irish Cup opener

While the senior squad welcome English side Saracens to the Sportsground for round one of the Heineken Cup, the Connacht ‘A’ side, the Eagles, travel to Wales to take on Llanelli in the first round of the British & Irish Cup.

Head Coach Nigel Carolan has named a strong side for the competition opener. Both senior players Dave McSharry and Denis Buckley, who returned to club rugby last weekend after a long stint on the side lines due to injury, are named in the starting line-up.

Academy out half Jack Carty captains the side tomorrow afternoon.

Following round 1, the Connacht Eagles will welcome Rotherham Titans to the Sportsground on Saturday 19th October. KO is at 2:30pm and Connacht Rugby season ticket holders are granted access to all Connacht Eagles’ home B&I Cup games.

Connacht Eagles XV

15           Tadhg Leader
14           Brian Murphy
13           Rory Parata
12           Dave McSharry
11           David Panter
10           Jack Carty (captain)
9             Marcus Walsh

1              Denis Buckley
2              Dave Heffernan
3              Finlay Bealham
4              Dave Nolan
5              Mick Kearney
6              Mata Fifita
7              James Connolly
8              Danny Qualter

Replacements (from):

16           Risteard Byrne
17           Saba Meunargia
18           Ultane Dillane
19           Conor Kindgregan
20           Eoghan Masterson
21           Caolin Blade
22           Ciaran Gaffney

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