Connacht Head Coach Kieran Keane has named his starting XV for Friday night’s eagerly awaited interprovincial clash with Munster at the Sportsground (7.35pm).

John Muldoon returns to captain the side with Kieran Marmion, Ultan Dillane, Finlay Bealham, Tom McCartney, Tom Farrell, Jarrad Butler and Cian Kelleher also coming into the starting team.

Tiernan O’Halloran starts at full-back with Darragh Leader and Kelleher on the two flanks. Farrell joins Bundee Aki in the centre as Marmion and Jack Carty form the half-back partnership.

Bealham, McCartney and Denis Buckley make up the front row with Dillane and James Cannon in the second row. Muldoon’s return sees him wear the number 8 jersey with Eoin McKeon in at blindside and Jarrad Butler at openside.

Niyi Adeolokun is named in the matchday 23 for the first time this season as he returns from injury.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Kieran Keane said: “There has been constant improvement from the lads, which has been refreshing for us. It has become pretty clear to me these local derbies are really important to the players, and they have been putting their hands up because they really want to play, so it brings excitement. I am excited by the occasion as much as they are.”

Due to the very high demand for tickets, additional terracing is being installed at the Sportsground to cater for the increased capacity.

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Kick-off 7.35pm:

(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Darragh Leader, Bundee Aki, Tom Farrell, Cian Kelleher, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham; Ultan Dillane, James Cannon; Eoin McKeon, Jarrad Butler, John Muldoon (Capt).

Replacements (16-23): Dave Heffernan, Denis Coulson, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, Eoghan Masterson, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun.

IMPORTANT TICKET UPDATE: Please be aware that only tickets purchased through our official channels are guaranteed to be valid for Connacht v Munster on Friday night (7.35pm).

Tickets from resellers such as Viagogo may be invalid. In most cases these resale merchants are reselling junior/concession tickets at adult prices.

If you have bought tickets through a reseller, please be sure that you have the correct ticket type. If an incorrect ticket type is presented, you will not be guaranteed entry.

Only purchase tickets from the below:

There are still tickets available for the Sportsground clash here.

Due to the very high demand for tickets, additional terracing is being installed at the Sportsground for Friday night’s PRO14 Interprovincial derby against Munster (7.35pm).

The extended terracing is being installed at both the Bohermore and College Road ends of the Sportsground to facilitate the increased demand for the eagerly anticipated encounter.

Adult and juvenile tickets for the additional terracing are on sale immediately and supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Gates will be open at 5.35pm on Friday, two hours before kick-off, so supporters can arrive early and enjoy the match day experience.

Tickets for the game are available to purchase here.

Our medical team have issued the following update ahead of the home clash with Munster on Friday night (7.35pm).

There are still tickets available for the Sportsground clash here.

Prop:

Dominic Robertson-McCoy has undergone surgery on his thumb after sustaining an injury in the Worcester game and will be out of action until the end of 2017.

JP Cooney sustained an ankle injury in the Eagles game versus Ealing and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Lock:

Andrew Browne is rehabilitating from an Achilles tendon injury is due to return in early November.

Back Row:

James Connolly sustained an ankle injury in the game versus Worcester and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Jake Heenan is progressing well in his recovery from a knee injury and will return to action in December.

Sean O’Brien is recovering following shoulder surgery and will be out of action until early 2018.

Out-half:

Steve Crosbie will integrate into team training this week following his ankle injury sustained in the Ulster game.

Centre:

Eoin Griffin sustained an injury to his calf in the game versus Worcester and will be monitored by the medical and performance staff this week.

Peter Robb is rehabilitating from recent hip surgery and will be out of action until December.

Back Three:

Stacey Ili sustained a shoulder injury in the Eagles game versus Ealing and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Cormac Brennan underwent shoulder surgery last week and will return in early 2018.

 

Check out our video from behind the scenes of our clash with Worcester Warriors​ on Saturday afternoon.

We are back in action against Munster in just four days as they visit the Sportsground on Friday night with tickets still available here.

We made it two wins from two in the Challenge Cup against Worcester thanks to tries from captain and Man of the Match Eoghan Masterson and Matt Healy

Next up, Munster at the Sportsground on Friday night!

Jimmy Duffy and Matt Healy look ahead to our Challenge Cup clash v Worcester Warriors.

Connacht v Worcester Warriors – Saturday 21st Oct, 15:00. Gates open at 13:30.

Following a bonus-point win in Geneva last Saturday night, we bring our Challenge Cup campaign back to the Sportsground tomorrow for Round 2.

Team Announcement

Eoghan Masterson captains Connacht for the first time having been involved in all games so far this season.

Full team details.

VIDEO: Eoghan Masterson reacts to captaining the province for the first time

Club Ambassador Programme

We launched the Connacht Rugby Club Ambassador Programme this week with at least two players designated to each of the 27 clubs throughout the province.

To celebrate the initiative, two representatives from each club will attend the Worcester clash in the Sportsground. Before and after the game, the club representatives will have the opportunity to meet with players and enjoy Connacht’s first home European fixture of the season.

Autograph Alley

This week Andrew Deegan, JP Cooney, Ultan Dillane and Naulia Dawai will be down in Autograph Alley to meet you. Keep your eyes peeled for signs to the new locations. The lads will be there from 14:15.

  • Clan Terrace Autograph Alley: Inside the Clan Bar
  • Main Terrace Autograph Alley: Inside the Main Stand

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Make sure you connect to our free WiFi and be in with a chance to win tickets to our next home game against Munster.

The Heineken Rugby Clubhouse

All Season Ticketers can get access to the Heineken Rugby Clubhouse for pre-match, half-time and post match entertainment. Jake Heenan and James Mitchell will be there for pre-match interviews and there will be player interviews after the game too. Both teams will also be down there for their post-match meal.

Hope you enjoy the game!

Kieran Marmion is set to make his 100th Championship appearance for Connacht in tomorrow night’s first Interprovincial clash of the season away to Ulster in the PRO14 (7.35pm, live on TG4 and BBC NI).

Head Coach Kieran Keane includes captain John Muldoon and Ireland scrum-half Marmion in the starting XV along with Matt Healy as the winger has recovered from a groin injury.

Tiernan O’Halloran moves to full-back having scored two tries against Scarlets last time out with Cian Kelleher, also a try-scorer last week, on the right wing.

Tom Farrell and Bundee Aki form the centre partnership. Aki has played every single minute for Connacht so far this season and Farrell’s four offloads last week were more than any other PRO14 player in round five.

Marmion, who has made more passes than any other player so far this season (405), teams up with Jack Carty in the half-backs with the out-half the PRO14’s fifth top scorer on 39 points.

Hooker Tom McCartney is flanked by Denis Buckley and Finlay Bealham in the front row as the second row partnership of Ultan Dillane and Quinn Roux remains intact.

Eoin McKeon, Jarrad Butler and Muldoon form the Connacht back-row.

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Kick-off 7.35pm:

(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Bundee Aki, Tom Farell, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Eoin McKeon, Jarrad Butler, John Muldoon (Capt)

Replacements (16-23): Dave Heffernan, Denis Coulson, Conor Carey, James Cannon, Eoghan Masterson, Caolin Blade, Steve Crosbie, Eoin Griffin.

The Connacht squad reached out to Season Ticket holders last month to say thanks for their support and to personally invite them to the clash with Bristol tomorrow at 3pm, which is free of charge to Season Ticket holders.

Check out the video below!

You can still buy tickets for €5 (under 16) or €10 (adult) with tickets available to buy online here and at the gate on matchday.

Thanks for your support!

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