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Connacht double on

THE decision of Leinster's Conor Gilsenan to move on loan to Connacht for the rest of the season shows the sort of impatience and ambition that will serve him well.

Zebre v Connacht, Stadio XXV Aprile, Sunday (KO 4.30pm) Live TG4

 

The 21-year-old Mullingar man has recognised the length of the queue he is in at his home province and has abandoned his captaincy of Leinster's British & Irish Cup for a shot at first team rugby.

In truth, this is the kind of hard decision others need to consider. There is so much more to be gained by playing in the PRO12 League than the B&I Cup.

As it stands, this is not exactly a tussle to set the pulse racing. It is, however, an opportunity for Connacht to complete a League and Heineken Cup clean sweep of four wins over Zebre.

Where Pat Lam came to build something special in Galway, he is merely out to repair the damage done by multiple injuries, knowing a victory here could take them above Treviso into third-from-bottom in the Pro 12.

Verdict: Connacht


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