The Connacht management team have selected their squad for tomorrow’s EPCR Challenge Cup fixture against CA Brive at the Stade Amedee-Domenech (k/o 8pm Irish time).

 There are eight changes to the side that beat Newcastle Falcons last Saturday at The Sportsground. Two of those changes will see first Connacht starts for Sam Illo and Darragh Murray.

 Peter Dooley is the only player from the front five that started last weekend that keep his place. He’s joined by Shane Delahunt and Sam Illo in the front row. Gavin Thornbury pairs up alongside Darragh Murray in the second row. The back row sees Shamus Hurley-Langton and Paul Boyle keep their place at 7 and 8 while Oisin Dowling will wear the number 6.

In the backs Kieran Marmion starts at scrum half, Bundee Aki returns to centre and Conor Fitzgerald is named at full back.

CONNACHT RUGBY MATCHDAY 23 VS CA BRIVE

Friday 16th December, 20:00 @ Stade Amedee-Domenech

 

Number/Name/Caps

  1. Conor Fitzgerald (59)
  2. Adam Byrne (2)
  3. Bundee Aki (121)
  4. Tom Daly (67)
  5. Diarmuid Kilgallen (10)
  6. David Hawkshaw (8)
  7. Kieran Marmion (217)
  8. Peter Dooley (8)
  9. Shane Delahunt (119)
  10. Sam Illo (5)
  11. Darragh Murray (1)
  12. Gavin Thornbury(70)
  13. Oisin Dowling (33)
  14. Shamus Hurley-Langton (7)
  15. Paul Boyle (82) (C)

 

Replacements

  1. Dave Heffernan (173)
  2. Jordan Duggan (30)
  3. Dominic Robertson-McCoy (72)
  4. Niall Murray (43)
  5. Ciaran Booth (2)
  6. Colm Reilly (14)
  7. Byron Ralston (7)
  8. Oran McNulty (11)
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