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Cooney in demand


On-loan Leinster scrum-half John Cooney will play The Dragons twice in five days as he starts inside homegrown out-half Jack Carty at Rodney Parade tomorrow (KO4.0, S4C).

Coach Pat Lam has made three changes, bringing back fit-again Craig Ronaldson at twelve and Eoghan Masterson in at number eight for his first start of the season.

Dragons: J Tovey; T Prydie, P Leach, J Dixon, H Amos; D Jones, J Evans; B Stankovich, R Thomas, B Harris, A Coombs, R Landman (capt), J Thomas, N Cudd, N Crosswell.

Connacht: D Leader; D Poolman, D McSharry, C Ronaldson, M Heay; J Carty, J Cooney; D Buckley, T McCartney, N White, Q Roux, A Muldowney, J Muldoon (capt), J Heenan, E Masterson.

Verdict: Dragons