The Connacht Eagles, sponsored by NUI Galway, will play national side Germany on Saturday at the Sportsground (kick off 14:30).

Ireland Under-20’s and Eagles Head Coach Nigel Carolan has once again named a mixture of senior, Academy and club players to line out at the weekend following the Eagles’ 17 – 0 win over Leinster ‘A’ last week.

The most notable inclusion in the match day squad is senior team flanker Jake Heenan who makes a playing return after recovering from the shoulder injury that ruled him out of action for the last five months.

Galway man Tiernan O’Halloran will also play his first game for a Connacht side this season after completing successful rehab on his knee injury. The 23-year-old starts at full back tomorrow in a back three with David Panter and Shane Layden.

 Shane O’Leary, who kicked seven points for the Eagles last week, and John Cooney are both retained at half back.

Centre Ciaran Gaffney, prop Conan O’Donnell and second row Cian Romaine, who were all named in the Ireland U20 squad yesterday, will start at the Sportsground while other U20 6 Nations hopefuls Steven McVeigh and Rory Moloney are included amongst the replacements.

With the shortage of props for the ‘A’ side this weekend, Rodney Ah You, who was due to be rested this week, has been called in to offer cover from the bench.

Connacht Eagles team to play Germany, Saturday 24th January, the Sportsground, 2:30pm

15 Tiernan O’Halloran
14 David Panter
13 Ciaran Gaffney
12 Rory Parata
11 Shane Layden
10 Shane O’Leary
9 John Cooney

1 Jacob Walshe
2 Shane Delahunt
3 Conan O’Donnell
4 Cian Romaine
5 Peter Claffey
6 Mata Fifita
7 Jake Heenan
8 Eoghan Masterson (captain)


16 Pat O’Toole
17 Conor Kyne
18 Rodney Ah You
19 Stephen McVeigh
20 Rory Moloney
21 Conor McKeon
22 Aidan Moynihan
23 Dwayne Corcoran



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