Head Coach Nigel Carolan has named his Connacht Eagles side (sponsored by NUI Galway) to face Pontypridd RFC in Round 5 of the British & Irish Cup tomorrow afternoon at Sardis Road, kick off 2:30pm.

The match day squad features a strong mix of senior, academy and club talent and there are six changes to the starting team that were defeated 17 – 7 by London Scottish in the last round.

Academy back and Ireland U20’s player Ciaran Gaffney returns to boost the back line which also sees Shane Layden, Rory Parata and scrum half John Cooney introduced.

Up front, Corinthians’ Pat O’Toole has been promoted to starting hooker and the pack has been strengthened with the introduction of senior lock Aly Muldowney who makes a return from injury.

Academy graduate Danny Qualter who started against Pontypridd at the Sportsground in October, has also been reinstated for the trip to Wales.

Pontypridd lie second in pool 1, eight points adrift of leaders Bristol and battling for qualification as one of three best runners-up. The Eagles are bottom placed with one win from their four games played but will look to build on last week’s performance to tackle the physical Ponty side who are currently top of the Welsh Principality Premiership with eight wins form eight, including five bonus points.

Connacht Eagles team to face Pontypridd RFC:
15 Ciaran Gaffney
14 Shane Layden
13 Rory Parata
12 Peter Robb
11 Shane O’Leary
10 Miah Nikora
9 John Cooney

1 Jacob Walshe
2 Pat O’Toole
3 Saba Meunargia
4 Aly Muldowney
5 Ultan Dillane
6 Eoghan Masterson (captain)
7 Rory Moloney
8 Danny Qualter


16 Jack Dinneen
17 Conán O’Donnell
18 Cian Romaine
19 Mata Fifita
20 Conor Lowndes
21 Conor McKeon
22 Dwayne Corcoran

Pontypridd RFC v Connacht Eagles
Saturday 6th December
Sardis Road
Kick off 14:30




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