Connacht Rugby head coach Pat Lam has made five personnel changes to his starting XV for the rearranged Guinness PRO12 clash against Zebre in Parma tomorrow afternoon (2.30pm Irish time).

With Irish internationals Tiernan O’Halloran and Kieran Marmion on a scheduled rest week, there are four enforced changes to the back line as Connacht look to make it four wins from five in the PRO12.

Ireland 7’s player Josh Rowland comes in for his first Connacht start at full-back, having made his debut from the bench against Glasgow Warriors last weekend. John Cooney starts at scrum-half while Danie Poolman comes on to the right wing.

There is a new midfield partnership as Tom Farrell starts at outside centre with Bundee Aki shifting to number 12 this week.

Up front, there is just one change with Eoin McKeon replacing Jake Heenan, who struggled to shake off a minor shin injury picked up in the last round.

Ivan Soroka, Eoghan Masterson, Caolin Blade and Eoin Griffin are all additions to the bench with Griffin in line to make his first appearance since September 2016.

Ronan Loughney, Niyi Adeolokun, and JP Cooney all picked up minor injuries in training during the week that ruled them out of selection while Naulia Dawai did not travel as he awaits a Visa renewal.

Commenting on tomorrow’s clash, head coach Pat Lam said:

“We have had to make a few changes this week due to unfortunate niggles picked up in training. But we’re going over to Parma with a clear game plan. We are fully focused on putting in a performance against Zebre that will get us the points on offer.”

 

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Connacht team to face Zebre     

Saturday April 1st, kick off 3:30pm (2.30pm Irish Time), Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi     

(Connacht caps in brackets)

15           Josh Rowland (1)
14           Danie Poolman (80)
13           Tom Farrell (6)
12           Bundee Aki (56)
11           Stacey Ili (12)
10           Jack Carty (76)
9             John Cooney (36)

1             Denis Buckley (113)
2             Tom McCartney (60)
3             Finlay Bealham (77)
4             Quinn Roux (52)
5             Andrew Browne (150)
6             Sean O’Brien (35)
7             Eoin McKeon (102)
8             John Muldoon (297) (captain)

Replacements:

16          Dave Heffernan (80)
17          Ivan Soroka (0)
18          Dominic Robertson-McCoy (6)
19          James Cannon (13)
20          Eoghan Masterson (35)
21          Caolin Blade (40)
22          Craig Ronaldson (63)
23          Eoin Griffin (74)

Injured/Unavailable

Ronan Loughney, JP Cooney, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Jake Heenan, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Naulia Dawai, James Connolly, Kieran Marmion, Marnitz Boshoff, Peter Robb, Matt Healy, Niyi Adeolokun, Cian Kelleher, Darragh Leader, Tiernan O’Halloran.

 

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 6th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Graeme Wells (SRU), Emanuele Tomo (FIR)
Citing Commissioner: Roberto Carra (FIR)

Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam has named his match day 23 to face Zebre in Round 5 of the Champions Cup tomorrow afternoon at the Sportsground (kick off 1pm – live on SKY Sports).

There are five personnel changes in total from the team that lined out in the Guinness PRO12 last weekend with two in the backs and three in the pack.

Craig Ronaldson returns from injury to start at inside centre while John Cooney will play at outhalf for the first time in his career. The scrumhalf position is filled by the returning Irish international Kieran Marmion.

Up front, Lewis Stevenson comes in to start in the second row, having made ten appearances from the bench this season. The back row sees the return of captain John Muldoon, who missed out through injury last week. His fellow Galway-man Eoin McKeon is named at openside flanker, having reached the 100-cap milestone at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea last weekend.

James Connolly and Naulia Dawai are named among the replacement forwards. New centre Tom Farrell, who was added to the Connacht Rugby squad this week, is named in his first match day squad for the province in what will also be his Champions Cup debut if he is called upon.

Commenting on the upcoming game, Pat Lam said:

“We’re excited by the challenge that the Champion Cup presents to us and the opportunity to qualify for the last eight of the competition. First up, we have a big game against Zebre tomorrow and are fully focused on putting in a performance to get us the points we need.

“Zebre are determined to get their first win in Europe and we know what they are capable of on their day. We have the advantage of being at home in front of our supporters so it’s up to us to ensure we get the job done.”

Team to face Zebre (Champions Cup)

Saturday January 14th, kick off 13:00, the Sportsground   

(Connacht caps in brackets)

15           Tiernan O’Halloran (116)
14           Niyi Adeolokun (47)
13           Rory Parata (24)
12           Craig Ronaldson (56)
11           Matt Healy (82)
10           John Cooney (29)
9             Kieran Marmion (113)

1             Denis Buckley (106)
2             Tom McCartney (54)
3             Finlay Bealham (70)
4             Lewis Stevenson (10)
5             James Cannon (7)
6             Sean O’Brien (29)
7             Eoin McKeon (100)
8             John Muldoon (290) (captain)

Replacements:

16          Dave Heffernan (73)
17          JP Cooney (42)
18          John Andress (2)
19          James Connolly (21)
20          Naulia Dawai (4)
21          Caolin Blade (36)
22          Tom Farrell (0)
23           Danie Poolman (77)

Injured / Unavailable: Ronan Loughney, Conor Carey, Ivan Soroka, Conan O’Donnell, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Ben Marshall, Andrew Browne, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Jake Heenan, Eoghan Masterson, Jack Carty, Marnitz Boshoff, Shane O’Leary, Peter Robb, Stacey Ili, Bundee Aki, Eoin Griffin, Cormac Brennan, Cian Kelleher, Darragh Leader.

Connacht Rugby v Zebre Rugby
Saturday, 14 January
Kick-off: 13:00
The Sportsground

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Referee: Tom Foley (Eng)
Assistant Ref: Ian Tempest (Eng)
Assistant Ref: Greg Garner (Eng)
TMO: Sean Davey (Eng)
Citing Commissioner: John Byett (Eng)

Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam has announced his match day 23 for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO12 round 13 clash with Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium (Kick Off: 1.30pm – live on SKY Sports 1).

There are three personnel changes to the starting team that lined out against Munster six days ago.

With Kieran Marmion rested this week, scrum half John Cooney makes a timely return from injury to start in an otherwise unchanged backline.

Up front, the back row is changed with the introduction of Sean O’Brien at blindside flanker and Naulia Dawai at Number 8 for his first Connacht start.

Tom McCartney will captain the side in the absence of John Muldoon who had, up to now, started every game this season but was ruled out this week with a hamstring injury.

From the bench, Galway man Eoin McKeon is in line to make his 100th Connacht appearance if he is called upon in Wales tomorrow afternoon.

Commenting on the upcoming game, Pat Lam said:

“There is real excitement in the camp as we face another great challenge away to Ospreys who are flying high in the PRO12 championship. They have one of the best all-round games as well as the most successful record at home this season, highlighted by their 29 points earned out of a possible 30.

“Our focus remains on improving our game and if we can nail our execution and detail, it will give us a great chance of challenging for the points on offer.”

Team to face Ospreys

Saturday January 7th, kick off 13:30, Liberty Stadium  

(Connacht caps in brackets)

15           Tiernan O’Halloran (115)
14           Niyi Adeolokun (46)
13           Rory Parata (23)
12           Peter Robb (23)
11           Matt Healy (81)
10           Jack Carty (69)
9             John Cooney (28)

1             Denis Buckley (105)
2             Tom McCartney (53) (captain)
3             Finlay Bealham (69)
4             Quinn Roux (44)
5             James Cannon (6)
6             Sean O’Brien (28)
7             Jake Heenan (45)
8             Naulia Dawai (3)

Replacements:

16           Dave Heffernan (72)
17           JP Cooney (41)
18           John Andress (1)
19           Lewis Stevenson (9)
20           Eoin McKeon (99)
21           Caolin Blade (35)
22           Danie Poolman (76)
23           Ciaran Gaffney (1)

Injured / Unavailable: Ronan Loughney, Conor Carey, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Ivan Soroka, Conan O’Donnell, Ultan Dillane, Ben Marshall, Andrew Browne, Nepia Fox-Matamua, John Muldoon, Eoghan Masterson, Marnitz Boshoff, Shane O’Leary, Craig Ronaldson, Stacey Ili, Bundee Aki, Eoin Griffin, Cormac Brennan, Cian Kelleher, Josh Rowland, Darragh Leader.

Ospreys v Connacht
At Liberty Stadium
Kick off 1.30pm
Live on Sky Sports 1

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU, 59th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Gary Conway (IRFU), Dewi Phillips (WRU)
Citing Commissioner: Gwyn Bowden (WRU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)

Ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 round 13 game away to Ospreys (1:30pm), the Connacht Rugby medical team have provided the following update.

Finlay Bealham and Matt Healy are both suffering from stomach bugs and will not train today (Tuesday). They will be monitored this week ahead of team selection.

Jack Carty picked up a minor calf injury in training on Monday. He will be monitored this week ahead of team selection.

Ultan Dillane sustained an ankle injury in the final minutes of the Ulster game on December 23rd. The second row, who is unavailable for a number of weeks, will be assessed today by an ankle specialist to determine his treatment plan and length of recovery.

Nepia Fox-Matamua dislocated his rib in the Munster game. He is unavailable this week but his fitness will be monitored by the medical team.

John Muldoon suffered a hamstring injury in training on Monday. He is unavailable for the game with Ospreys on Saturday.

RETURNING

Eoin McKeon and James Connolly have both recovered from last week’s illness and have re-joined training.

John Cooney has been integrated into team training this week following his thigh injury. It is hoped he will be available for selection against Ospreys.

Danie Poolman has returned to team training having passed the return-to-play protocols for concussion.

 

Ospreys v Connacht
Saturday January 7th
Liberty Stadium
Kick off 1:30pm

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