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Connacht seek three in-a-row

Connacht v Benetton Treviso

The Sportsground (Tonight 5.0)

There are those who see Robbie Henshaw as a full-back with Rob Kearney blocking his path to Ireland, not as a centre with Brian O'Driscoll in his way, writes Des Berry.

The Athlone 20-year-old will get a chance to show what he can do from 15 in a Connacht side in pursuit of their third straight victory.

"With another six-day turnaround this week it's important to have fresh legs available in Robbie (Henshaw) and players like Eoin (McKeon) coming back from injury," said coach Pat Lam.

"Denis (Buckley) and Rodney (Ah You) both put in Man of the Match performances in the last three games and they deservedly retain their starting spots this week."

Scrum-half Kieron Marmion will win his 50th cap, a remarkable achievement for the 22 year-old, who has played in every game in the last two seasons.

Marius Goosen will have seven of the Italian players back in contention, including flankers Robert Barbieri, Paul Derbyshire and Manoa Vosawai.

Connacht: R Henshaw; T O'Halloran, E Griffin, D McSharry, F Carr; D Parks, K Marmion; D Buckley, J Harris-Wright, R Ah You, A Muldowney, M Kearney, J Muldoon (capt), E Masterson, E McKeon.

Treviso: A Esposito; L Nitoglia, A Sgarbi, J Van Niekerk, A Pratichetti; M Berquist, T Botes; M Muccignat, G Maistri, L Cittadini, C Van Zyl, A Pavanello (capt), M Filippucci, P Derbyshire, M Vosawai.


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