Sunday 20 August 2017

Jack Carty returns as Pat Lam makes five changes to Connacht team to face Toulouse

Jack Carty of Connacht kicks a penalty. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Jack Carty of Connacht kicks a penalty. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Jack Carty of Connacht in action. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Connacht outhalf Jack Carty has recovered from injury and will take his place in the starting 15 for Sunday's Champions Cup clash against Toulouse.

Connacht go head-to-head with the French powerhouses with the winners securing a home draw in the last eight of the competition.

Head coach Pat Lam makes five personnel changes in total to the team that secured a bonus point win over Zebre six days ago.

Peter Robb also returns to form a new centre partnership with Craig Ronaldson.

Up front, Ireland international Quinn Roux comes in having missed out last week while the back row is also boosted with the return from injury of flankers Nepia Fox-Matamua and Jake Heenan.

“We are aware of the phenomenal challenge that awaits us in Toulouse on Sunday but these are the sort of games that you want to be a part of.  It’s an opportunity as a player and as a team to put in a performance on the big stage," said Lam.

“While the right outcome would be massive for Irish Rugby, the focus remains on executing our game plan in a pressure environment to get us the win we need.”

Connacht

Sunday January 22nd, kick off 15:15 (Irish time), Stade Ernest-Wallon  

(caps in brackets)

 

15           Tiernan O’Halloran (117)

14           Niyi Adeolokun (48)

13           Peter Robb (24)

12           Craig Ronaldson (57)

11           Matt Healy (83)

10           Jack Carty (70)

9             Kieran Marmion (114)

 

1             Denis Buckley (107)

2             Tom McCartney (55)

3             Finlay Bealham (71)

4             Quinn Roux (45)

5             James Cannon (8)

6             Nepia Fox-Matamua (15)

7             Jake Heenan (46)

8             John Muldoon (291) (captain)

 

Replacements:

16          Dave Heffernan (74)

17          JP Cooney (43)

18          John Andress (3)

19          Sean O’Brien (30)

20          Naulia Dawai (5)

21          John Cooney (30)

22          Tom Farrell (1)

23           Danie Poolman (78)

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