Sunday 4 December 2016

Connacht make seven changes for trip to Zebre

David Smith

Published 21/10/2016 | 13:32

Pat Lam: ‘It was a good feeling coming in on Monday knowing that we had trusted the process to get ourselves the outcome we all wanted against Edinburgh.’ Picture: Sportsfile
Pat Lam: ‘It was a good feeling coming in on Monday knowing that we had trusted the process to get ourselves the outcome we all wanted against Edinburgh.’ Picture: Sportsfile

Pat Lam has announced Connacht's team for the trip to Zebre, and he's made seven changes to the team which beat Toulouse last weekend.

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The province travel to Italy to face Zebre on Sunday, and enter the game as favourites.

Cian Kelleher replaces the injured Tiernan O'Halloran, while new signing Stacey Iliwill make his first start.

Peter Robb will come into midfield, while Kieran Marmion has been handed the number 9 jersey.

JP Cooney starts in the front row, and Shane Delahunt has been given the nod at hooker.

Finally, Sean O’Brien will come in at blindside flanker for his first start of the season. Connacht have faced Zebre four times in this competition before, and have won all four previous contests.

The hosts have also lost all six of their home games in the Champions Cup.

Here is the Connacht starting XV.

15. Cian Kelleher

14. Niyi Adeolokun

13. Peter Robb

12. Craig Ronaldson

11. Stacey Ili

10. Jack Carty

 9.  Kieran Marmion

 1.  JP Cooney

 2.  Shane Delahunt

 3.  Finlay Bealham

 4.  Quinn Roux

 5.  Andrew Browne

 6.  Sean O'Brien

 7.  Jake Heenan

 8.  John Muldoon (C)

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