Bundee Aki has been included in the starting fifteen for Connacht ahead of their Pro14 clash away to Benetton tomorrow.
The 30-year-old centre has been released from the Ireland camp in order to feature against the Italian side.
Oisin Dowling has also been handed his first start for the province, having featured off the bench in the last two games.
Dowling is joined alongside Gavin Thornbury in the second row, with Paddy McAllister, Shane Delahunt and Finlay Bealham completing the tight five. The back row is unchanged from the win over Cardiff Blues last time out, with Paul Boyle at number 8 alongside flankers Eoghan Masterson and captain Jarrad Butler.
There’s a new-look half-back pairing with Kieran Marmion alongside Conor Fitzgerald, while Tom Daly partners Aki in the centre. Finally Tiernan O’Halloran is handed his first start in nearly two months after recovering from injury, taking his place at full-back with Alex Wootton and Peter Sullivan on the wings.
There’s an experienced look to the bench with centurions Denis Buckley, Caolin Blade and Jack Carty all included.