Saturday 23 September 2017

Tom McCartney to play captain's role as Connacht make three changes for Ospreys test

Tom McCartney of Connacht
Tom McCartney of Connacht

Tom McCartney will captain Connacht in their Pro12 clash away to Ospreys tomorrow (Saturday, Kick Off: 1.30pm – live on SKY Sports 1).

John Muldoon, who has started every game so far this season for the westeners, is ruled out with a hamstring injury in a match that sees coach Pat Lam make three personnel changes.

Scrum half John Cooney makes his return with Kieran Marmion dropping out in an otherwise unchanged backline.

Up front, the back row is changed with the introduction of Sean O’Brien at blindside flanker and Naulia Dawai at Number 8 for his first Connacht start.

“There is real excitement in the camp as we face another great challenge away to Ospreys who are flying high in the PRO12 championship," said Lam.

"They have one of the best all-round games as well as the most successful record at home this season, highlighted by their 29 points earned out of a possible 30.

“Our focus remains on improving our game and if we can nail our execution and detail, it will give us a great chance of challenging for the points on offer.”

Connacht

(caps in brackets)

15           Tiernan O’Halloran (115)

14           Niyi Adeolokun (46)

13           Rory Parata (23)

12           Peter Robb (23)

11           Matt Healy (81)

10           Jack Carty (69)

9             John Cooney (28)

 

1             Denis Buckley (105)

2             Tom McCartney (53) (captain)

3             Finlay Bealham (69)

4             Quinn Roux (44)

5             James Cannon (6)

6             Sean O’Brien (28)

7             Jake Heenan (45)

8             Naulia Dawai (3)

 

Replacements:

16           Dave Heffernan (72)

17           JP Cooney (41)

18           John Andress (1)

19           Lewis Stevenson (9)

20           Eoin McKeon (99)

21           Caolin Blade (35)

22           Danie Poolman (76)

23           Ciaran Gaffney (1)

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