The Connacht Eagles management team have named their squad for tonight’s Cara Cup inter-provincial derby with Ulster A in Massachusetts (k/o 7pm local, 11pm Irish time).
 
The squad is again captained by Joe Maksymiw who renews his second row partnership with Peter Claffey. There’s one change to the front row named to start against the New England Free Jacks last week, with Jordan Duggan coming in alongside Jonny Murphy and Conor Kenny.
 
There’s a blend of experience and youth in the back-row with Robin Copeland starting at number 8 and James Connolly at openside flanker, with Sean Masterson on the opposite flank.
 
In the backs James Mitchell and Conor Dean form a new look half-back pairing, with Sean O’Brien and Corey Reid starting together in midfield. A back three of wingers Conor Hayes and Hugh Lane and full-back Colm de Buitlear completes the side.
 
The Eagles will be looking to build on Saturday’s 38-7 win over the Free Jacks at the Union Point Field in Weymouth, south of Boston. Ulster will complete their Cara Cup campaign in the coming days with Munster A and Leinster A to visit the venue next month.
 
 
CONNACHT EAGLES XV VS ULSTER A (Wednesday 20 March @ Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA)
15. Colm de Buitlear
14. Hugh Lane
13. Corey Reid
12. Sean O’Brien
11. Conor Hayes
10. Conor Dean
9. James Mitchell
1. Jordan Duggan
2. Jonny Murphy
3. Conor Kenny
4. Peter Claffey
5. Joe Maksymiw (c)
6. Sean Masterson
7. James Connolly
8. Robin Copeland

16. Declan Adamson
17. Conan O’Donnell
18. Neal Moylett
19. Cian Huxford
20. Stephen Kerins
21. Luke Carty
22. Oran McNulty

The Connacht Eagles management team have named a 26-man squad who will travel to the United States this week for the inaugural Cara Cup.
 
The Cara Cup will see ‘A’ sides from the four provinces head to Massachusetts for a six game tournament spread across four weeks. As well as an inter-pro clash with Ulster A on Wednesday week, the Eagles will take on tournament hosts the New England Free Jacks on the opening day of the competition this Saturday 16th.
 
The Cara Cup follows on from the inaugural Celtic Cup earlier in the season when the four provinces partnered with A squads from the WRU and the SRU for a seven-game tournament.
 
Commenting on the squad announcement, Connacht Eagles head coach Mossy Lawler says the trip will be a great opportunity for players on and off the pitch.
 
“We’re really looking forward to our trip to the States for the Cara Cup. We’ve got a lot of guys with experience and some with inexperience, but ultimately everyone is travelling for a different reason so that’s where we’re going to get our hunger.”
 
“There were a lot of guys who played in the Celtic Cup who have gone on to win their first cap, so the Eagles setup in the Academy is hugely important in terms of up-skilling those players to be able to play at the next level for the province.”
 
 
CONNACHT EAGLES CARA CUP SQUAD
 
Forwards
Declan Adamson, Peter Claffey. James Connolly, Robin Copeland, Jordan Duggan, Cillian Gallagher, Cian Huxford, Conor Kenny, Joe Maksymiw (c), Sean Masterson, Neal Moylett, Jonny Murphy, Conán O’Donnell, Liam Winnett.
 
Backs
Mark Balaski, Luke Carty, Conor Dean, Colm de Buitlear, Conor Hayes, Kieran Joyce, Stephen Kerins, Hugh Lane, Oran McNulty, Sean O’Brien, Corey Reidy, Colm Reilly.
 
CARA CUP ROUND ROBIN FIXTURES (ALL TIMES EST)
 
Saturday March 16
1500: Free Jacks v Connacht Eagles @ Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA
 
Wednesday March 20
1900: Connacht Eagles v Ulster A @ Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA
 
Sunday March 24
1830: Free Jacks v Ulster A @ Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA
 
Saturday April 6
1600: Free Jacks v Munster A @ Irish Cultural Centre, Canton MA
 
Wednesday April 10
1900: Munster A v Leinster A @ Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA
 
Sunday April 14
1700: Free Jacks v Leinster A @ Harvard Mignone Field, Boston MA

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