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Sunday 24 September 2017

Connacht make four changes for the visit of Glasgow

Pat Lam
Pat Lam

Pat Lam has made four changes to his side from the team that lost narrowly to Leinster last week as the Glasgow Warriors visit the Sportsgrounds tomorrow night.

Dave McSharry returns to the starting lineup for the first time since February and is joined in the centre by exciting prospect Darragh Leader.

Gavin Duffy, Matt Healy and Fionn Carr form the back three while Jason Harris-wright comes in at hooker.

“I’m delighted to be able to give Dave McSharry a start after a long road to recovery for him. And with our regular outside centres unavailable, young Academy back Darragh Leader gets a chance to start which we’re all looking forward to," Pat Lam said.

 “Once again, it’s been a disruptive week with more players being added to our ever growing injury list. Losing Sean Henry, Andrew Browne, Aaron Conneely, and Danie Poolman to injury and Robbie Henshaw to Ireland camp has meant that we’ve had to dig deep as a group.

“On a positive note, it’s a big boost to have Jason and Nathan back in the squad. We’ve been really pleased with the form of our props Rodney and Brett in the last number of weeks and so they’ll start again tomorrow with Nathan on the bench.

“Glasgow are at the top end of the table and are a team who have been consistently improving the last number of years. I witnessed their last visit in May when I had first arrived here. They were an impressive outfit and very clinical in beating us.  They are one of the best defensive outfits in the competition and will punish any errors.

 “But we have been building and building on the performances and fight of the last few weeks and are really looking forward to this clash.”

Connacht team to face Glasgow: (15-9); G Duffy, M Healy, F Carr, D Leader, D McSharry, D Parks, K Marmion; (1-8); B Wilkinson, J Harris-Wright, R Ah You, M Swift(c), C Clarke, M Fifita, J Heenan, G Naoupu.

Replacements: (16-23); D Heffernan, JP Cooney, N White, A Muldowney, M Kearney, P O’Donohoe, C Ronaldson, T O’Halloran

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