While the senior team welcome Stade Toulousain to the Sportsground tomorrow in the Heineken Cup, the Connacht Eagles are traveling to England to play Bedford Blues at Goldington Road in round four of the British & Irish Cup.

Following an impressive 17-8 win over the Blues in the last round, the Eagles lie in second place in pool 3 – one point behind leaders Rotherham Titans.

Coaches Nigel Carolan and Jimmy Duffy have made four changes from last week for tomorrow’s 2pm kick off.  Scrum-half Marcus Walsh will start tomorrow in an otherwise unchanged back line.

Up front, Dave Heffernan and Peter Reilly are promoted from the bench to the front row while Aaron Conneely makes a return from injury to take his place in the back row.

Bedford Blues v Connacht Eagles: Kick-off at Goldington Road is at 2pm on Saturday, December 14th.

Connacht Eagles’ lineup v Bedford Blues

15           Shane Layden
14           David Panter
13           Conor Finn
12           Brian Murphy
11           Steve Macauley
10           Jack Carty (captain)
9             Marcus Walsh

1              Finlay Bealham
2              Dave Heffernan
3              Peter Reilly
4              Dave Nolan
5              Danny Qualter
6              Sean O’Brien
7              Aaron Conneely
8              Eoghan Masterson

Replacements (from):

16           James Rael
17           Saba Meunargia
18           Ultane Dillane
19           Conor Kindregan
20           Caolin Blade
21           Tadhg Leader
22           Rory Parata


British & Irish Cup Fixtures

Round 1

Llanelli RFC 76 v 14 Connacht Eagles                        Sat 12th Oct 2012 KO 2pm                            Parc y Scarlets

Round 2

Connacht Eagles 27 v 25 Rotherham Titans            Sat 19th Oct 2012 KO 2.30pm                      The Sportsground

Round 3

Connacht Eagles 17 v 8 Bedford Blues                           Sat 7th Dec 2012 KO 2.30pm                       The Sportsground

Round 4

Bedford Blues v Connacht Eagles                             Sat 14th Dec 2012 KO 2pm                         Goldington Road

Round 5

Rotherham Titans v Connacht Eagles                       Sat 11th Jan 2013 KO 2pm                             Clifton Lane

Round 6

Connacht Eagles v Llanellii                                          Sat 18th Jan 2013 KO 2pm                        The Sportsground



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