Friday, January 08, 2021

Connacht out-half Jack Carty scores a try against Leinster last weekend. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan



The Connacht management team have made four changes to their starting 15 for Saturday’s crucial Guinness PRO14 interpro against Munster at The Sportsground at 7.35 p.m..

The team includes Roscommon natives Denis Buckley alongside hero from last week’s historic victory against Leinster, Jack Carty. The former Roscommon minor footballer was back to his best form, contributing 25 points in a Player of the Match performance.

After last week’s historic win at the RDS Arena, Andy Friend’s side have been further boosted by the return of a number of internationals and others from injury.

The first change comes in the front row where Finlay Bealham is restored to tighthead prop where he lines out alongside Buckley and Shane Delahunt.

After coming off the bench last week, Ultan Dillane now comes into the starting side where he partners Quinn Roux in the second row, with Roux remaining as captain.

The pack is completed by Conor Oliver, Seán Masterson, and Sean O’Brien who has recovered from injury which has kept him out for the last six weeks.

Caolin Blade and Carty continue at 9 and 10 respectively, as do Tom Daly and Sammy Arnold in the centre after brilliant performances last weekend.

The final change comes in the back three where Ben O’Donnell comes in for his first start in a Connacht jersey – forming an exciting trio with Alex Wootton and John Porch.

Among the replacements include the returning Paul Boyle and Irish international Dave Heffernan.

Connacht Rugby have also confirmed that all Pro players and management returned negative results in this week’s round of PCR testing. A number of players who have spent the last period in self-isolation will return to training next week.

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