The Connacht panel for tomorrow’s 3.05pm URC fixture against the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg has been named.

In all there are seven changes from last week’s side to face Leinster, with Andy Friend’s squad aiming to make it nine consecutive wins against South African opposition in the PRO14 and URC.

Two of chose changes are in the backs where Alex Wootton and Tom Daly come into the side.

Daly starts at inside-centre with Bundee Aki moving to 13, while Alex Wootton forms an exciting back three on the wing alongside John Porch and Mack Hansen who moves to full-back.

Caolin Blade and captain Jack Carty are retained at 9 and 10 respectively.

In the front row there are starts for props Denis Buckley and Jack Aungier alongside hooker Ballina’s Dave Heffernan, while there’s a new-look second row of Oisín Dowling and Niall Murray.

The final change sees the return of Paul Boyle at number 8, while Cian Prendergast and Conor Oliver keep their place on the flanks.

Commenting on the team announcement, Head Coach Andy Friend says:

“We’ve had a really good week so far in South Africa, and while the disappointment of last week still lingers, there’s still a great sense of optimism in the group that we can finish these last few games on a high.

Tomorrow’s game brings additional challenges like the altitude, and the results so far have shown how difficult it is for European teams to get a win down here. The Lions have a strong scrum and pacey wingers so it’s up to us to not give them any footholds in the game, and take our chances when we get them.”

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