While the senior squad travel to Italy on Heineken Cup duty, the Connacht Eagles welcome Rotherham Titans to the Sportsground for round two of the British & Irish Cup.
Head Coach Nigel Carolan has made a number of changes following his side’s disappointing result against Llanelli RFC last weekend in Wales. His matchday squad for Saturday is made up of a mixture of Senior and Academy players, with eight senior squad members in the starting XV.
The entire back three is changed from last week with Daragh Leader, Fionn Carr and Steve Macauley coming in. Frank Murphy joins up with skipper Jack Carty in the half back pairing.
There is only one change to the pack with Academy Flanker Conor Kindregran promoted from the bench.
Speaking about the upcoming game, Head Coach Nigel Carolan said:
“We’re looking forward to this game against Rotherham. Last week didn’t go well for us and we want to turn that around.
“There were some positive aspects to our game against Llanelli and we’ll be looking to build on those this Saturday in order to be more efficient in our execution.”
Connacht Eagles v Rotherham Titans: Kick-off is at the Sportsground is at 2:30pm on Saturday, October 19th.
Tickets are just €5 for adults, kids go free and all Connacht Rugby season ticket holders are granted access.
Rotherham Titans have made a bright start to their season having won four out of their first five fixtures. They currently sit in second spot in the Greene King IPA Championship just a point behind last season’s Premiership outfit London Welsh.
Under new Head Coach Lee Blackett, Rotherham have developed an attacking style of rugby that is pleasing on the eye and in just four Championship outings to date have scored 23 tries and have amassed 115 points.
Last time out the Titans opened their British & Irish Cup campaign with a narrow 12-11 victory over fellow Championship outfit Bedford Blues. The game was played in atrocious wet and windy conditions at Clifton Lane, the home of the Titans; with all their points coming from the boot of Juan Pablo Socino.
Connacht Eagles’ lineup v Rotherham Titans
15 Darragh Leader
14 Fionn Carr
13 Rory Parata
12 Brian Murphy
11 Steve Macauley
10 Jack Carty (captain)
9 Frank Murphy
1 Denis Buckley
2 Dave Heffernan
3 Finlay Bealham
4 Dave Nolan
5 Mick Kearney
6 Conor Kindregran
7 James Connolly
8 Danny Qualter
16 James Rael
17 Saba Meunargia
18 Ultane Dillane
19 Eoghan Masterson
20 Marcus Walsh
21 Tadhg Leader
22 David Panter
British & Irish Cup Fixtures
Llanelli RFC 76 v 14 Connacht Eagles Sat 12th Oct 2012 KO 2pm Parc y Scarlets
Connacht Eagles v Rotherham Titans Sat 19th Oct 2012 KO 2.30pm The Sportsground
Connacht Eagles v Bedford Blues Sat 7th Dec 2012 KO 2.30pm The Sportsground
Bedford Blues v Connacht Eagles Sat 14th Dec 2012 KO 2pm Goldington Road
Rotherham Titans v Connacht Eagles Sat 11th Jan 2013 KO 2pm Clifton Lane
Connacht Eagles v Llanellii Sat 18th Jan 2013 KO 2pm The Sportsground