Head Coach Nigel Carolan has named his Connacht Eagles side, sponsored by NUI Galway, to play Leinster ‘A’ tomorrow at Donnybrook (kick off 5pm).

This will be the second fixture of the season for the Eagles side who defeated their Ulster counterparts 36 – 17 in Belfast last month.

Academy centre Rory Parata who has played five games in the PRO12 this season is introduced to the back line for the Thursday afternoon clash. The 21-year-old partners Peter Robb in midfield. Promising Academy recruit Ed O’Keeffe, who crossed for a brace of tries in the win over Ulster ‘A’, is named to start on the left wing.

In the pack, senior players Ronan Loughney and Jason Harris-Wright return from injury to start in a front row with Academy tighthead Saba Meunargia. Number 8 George Naoupu will captain the side featuring nine Academy players in the starting XV.

This is the final game for the Eagles before the the British & Irish Cup competition kicks off on Saturday November 14th with a home game against Newport Gwent Dragons Select (kick off 2:30pm).

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Connacht Eagles team to play Leinster ‘A’, Thursday November 6th, Donnybrook, 5pm:

15 Ciaran Gaffney
14 Niyi Adeolokun
13 Rory Parata
12 Peter Robb
11 Ed O’Keeffe
10 Conor McKeon
9 Ian Porter

1 Ronan Loughney
2 Jason Harris-Wright
3 Saba Meunargia
4 Cian Romaine
5 Danny Qualter
6 Sean O’Brien
7 James Connolly
8 George Naoupu (captain)


16 Jack Dinneen
17 Jacob Walshe
18 Conan O’Donnell
19 Peter Claffey
20 Rory Moloney
21 Caolin Blade
22 Aidan Moynihan
23 Cormac Brennan


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