The Connacht Eagles team, sponsored by NUI Galway, to face Jersey RFC in round 4 of the British & Irish Cup tomorrow has been named.

Head Coach Nigel Carolan has made three personnel changes to the starting XV that faced the same opposition at the Sportsground last weekend.

Scrum half and last week’s try scorer Stephen Kerins is promoted from the bench to start at St Peters tomorrow in an otherwise unchanged back line.

The front row sees the introduction of hooker Pat O’Toole and tighthead prop Conor Kenny from the Connacht Academy.

Commenting on the upcoming game, head coach Nigel Carolan said:

“It was tough day at the office against Jersey last week and I expect the same ding-dong battle over there. It will be another groundhog day but at least we know what to expect now.

“We know that if we play some positive rugby, it will create some opportunities. The challenge is if we can take our chances, and deal with the maul – we will have a small chance.

“It’s a tough competition and for us, it’s just about trying to deal with the difference in physicality. There’s a professional team against players that are developing at this level.

“We are certainly learning, and the guys won’t mind having another scalp at them tomorrow.”

Jersey RFC v Connacht Eagles
Saturday December 19th
St Peters
Kick off 2pm

Connacht Eagles team to face Jersey RFC

15 Ciarán Gaffney
14 Adam Leavy
13 Api Pewhairangi
12 Cormac Brennan
11 Ed O’Keeffe
10 Conor McKeon (captain)
9 Stephen Kerins

1 Jacob Walshe
2 Pat O’Toole
3 Conor Kenny
4 Peter Claffey
5 Cillian Gallagher
6 Marc Kelly
7 Rory Moloney
8 Stephen McVeigh

REPLACEMENTS

16 Juan Anaya Lazaro
17 Matthew Burke
18 Cian Romaine
19 Matthew Cosgrove
20 Ryan Feehily
21 Aidan Moynihan
22 Jack Keegan

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