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Connacht fancy chances

Connacht v LA ROCHELLE, The Sportsground, Today (5.0)

Pat LAM might just witness the French disdain for the Challenge Cup.

Hooker Jason Harris-Wright makes his first appearance of the season in an all new front row with Ronan Loughney and Nathan White.

It is in the backline that Lam is trying to find a rhythm.

For all the talk about how young his players are, it does camouflage that fact that they have not been a real weapon. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt cannot be best-pleased at how Robbie Henshaw is loaded with so much expectation and so little international quality around him but for all that the men from the West should prevail.

Connacht: D Leader; D Poolman, R Henshaw, C Ronaldson, M Healy; J Carty, K Marmion; R Loughney, J Harris-Wright, N White, Q Roux, A Muldowney, J Muldoon (capt), W Faloon, E McKeon.

La Rochelle: A Cestaro; L Luteau, K Murimurivalu, A Vulivuli, D Cler; H Gard, J Lebail; M Corbel, B Geledan, V Pelo, R Graham, J Grobler, N Djebaili (capt), B Guyot, L Goujon.

Verdict: Connacht