Tuesday 21 February 2017

Pat Lam names unchanged side for Connacht's Pro 12 showdown with Leinster

Published 27/05/2016 | 13:46

Ultan Dillane and Robbie Henshaw start tomorrow's Pro 12 final
Ultan Dillane and Robbie Henshaw start tomorrow's Pro 12 final

Connacht coach Pat Lam has retained the exact same match-day 23 from the impressive semi-final win over Glasgow for tomorrow’s Pro 12 final against Leinster at Murrayfield.

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Lam can call on a near full player pool for the province’s first major final against Leo Cullen’s charges.

Galway man John Muldoon will captain the side in his 275th game for the province and is joined in the back row by flankers Eoin McKeon and Jake Heenan.

Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane, two of five Connacht players named this week in the Ireland squad for the June tour to South Africa, start up front. Tighthead Bealham is the only player to have featured in all 31 games for the province this season.

Ireland internationals Kieran Marmion and Robbie Henshaw are named in the backline with AJ MacGinty once again handed the reigns at outhalf. Niyi Adeolokun – last weekend’s try scorer against Glasgow Warriors – lines out on the right wing.

Lam can call on a near full player pool for the province’s first major final against Leo Cullen’s charges.

Connacht side to face Leinster

15           Tiernan O’Halloran

14           Niyi Adeolokun

13           Robbie Henshaw

12           Bundee Aki

11           Matt Healy

10           AJ MacGinty

9              Kieran Marmion

1              Ronan Loughney

2              Tom McCartney

3              Finlay Bealham

4              Ultan Dillane

5              Aly Muldowney

6              Eoin McKeon

7              Jake Heenan

8              John Muldoon (captain)

Replacements:

16           Dave Heffernan

17           JP Cooney

18           Rodney Ah You

19           Andrew Browne

20           Sean O’Brien

21           John Cooney

22           Shane O’Leary

23           Peter Robb

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