Head Coach Nigel Carolan has named his Connacht Eagles side (sponsored by NUI Galway) to face London Scottish in Round 4 of the British & Irish Cup tomorrow night at Athletic Ground in Richmond, kick off 7pm.

The match day squad features a strong mix of senior, academy and club talent and there are eight changes to the starting team that faced the same opposition at the Sportsground last month.

Shane Layden, Conor Finn and Caolin Blade have been brought in to boost the back line where the experience of veteran outhalf Miah Nikora will be called upon.

Up front, Academy forwards Jack Dinneen and Saba Meunargia are installed in the front row while Michael Swift, back from injury, returns to familiar grounds where he once played for club side Richmond. Flanker Mata Fifita will play his first game of the season for Connacht after returning from injury this month and playing for club side Buccaneers last week.

Nigel Carolan’s men recorded their first Cup victory of the season last month when they defeated London Scottish 30-27 in a dramatic finish at the Sportsground. In blustery conditions in Galway, two late converted tries from Shane O’Leary (78 minutes) and Stephen McVeigh (80) steered Connacht Eagles past Scottish.

The victory in Galway has Eagles in third place in pool 1 – two points above tomorrow night’s opponents.

Connacht Eagles team to face London Scottish:
15 Shane Layden
14 David Panter
13 Conor Finn
12 Peter Robb
11 Shane O’Leary
10 Miah Nikora
9 Caolin Blade

1 Jacob Walshe
2 Jack Dinneen
3 Saba Meunargia
4 Michael Swift
5 Ultan Dillane
6 Mata Fi’fita
7 Rory Moloney
8 Eoghan Masterson (captain)


16 Pat O’Toole
17 Conán O’Donnell
18 Cian Romaine
19 Stephen McVeigh
20 Conor Lowndes
21 Conor McKeon
22 Rory Parata

London Scottish v Connacht Eagles
Saturday 29th November
Athletic Ground, Richmond
Kick off 19:00




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