Winger Rory Scholes and flanker James Connolly have returned from injury and are included in Mossy Lawlor’s Connacht Eagles side to face Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday (Kick Off 3pm). Scholes will join a back three that features Academy players Kieran Joyce on the opposite wing and Matt Byrne at full-back.

Out Half Andrew Deegan and Scrum Half Conor McKeon continue their effective partnership that produced back to back wins over Richmond before Christmas.

Connolly joins a strong back row featuring Sean Masterson at blindside and Paul Boyle who captains the side at number 8. It has been a big week for Academy player Boyle who made his debut for the first team in the interpro against Munster in Thomond Park last Saturday.

The two other Academy players who featured against Munster are also included in the pack. Conan O’Donnell will start at loosehead and Cillian Gallagher is in the second row, having made all his appearances for the senior side in the back row since making his debut in October.

 

Kick-off 3:00pm:

(15-9) Matt Byrne, Rory Scholes, Stacey Illi, Kieran Joyce, Adam Leavy, Andrew Deegan, Conor McKeon, (1-8) Conan O’Donnell, Dylan Tierney, Conor Kenny, Peter Claffey, Cillian Gallagher, Sean Masterson, James Connolly, Paul Boyle (Capt)

Replacements (16-22): Callum Torpey, Matt Burke, Conor Kyne, Niall Murray, Ryan Feehily, Luke Carty, Michael O’Reilly.

Centre Peter Robb has returned from a leg operation to take his place in the Connacht Eagles starting XV to face Richmond in the B&I Cup. Craig Ronaldson who reintegrated into to full training in the past week is included among the replacements.

 

The Connacht side includes a mix of youth and experience. In the back row, Academy players Sean Masterson (openside) and Paul Boyle (number 8) and joined by Naulia Dawai at blindside. Mayo native Pat O’Toole starts at hooker where he is flanked by Conan O’Donnell at loose head and Conor Kenny at blind side.

 

Kick-off 3:00pm:

(15-9) Matt Byrne, Adam Leavy, Kieran Joyce, Peter Robb, Stacey Ili, Andrew Deegan, Conor McKeon,
(1-8) Conan O’Donnell, Pat O’Toole, Conor Kenny, Cian Huxford, Gavin Thornbury, Naulia Dawai, Sean Masterson, Paul Boyle

Replacements (16-23): Callum Torpey, Denis Coulson, Jakub Woitjowicz, Dylan Tierney, Caoilin Blade, Steve Crosbie, Craig Ronaldson.

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