Saturday 16 December 2017

Connacht's exciting new signing Craig Clarke selected for Ulster clash

New Connacht signing Craig Clarke is fit to play against Ulster on Saturday
New Connacht signing Craig Clarke is fit to play against Ulster on Saturday

Connacht's new signing Craig Clarke will make his first appearance for the province in tomorrow night's clash with provincial rivals Ulster at the Showgrounds.

The 30-year-old debutant was brought in to replace Mike McCarthy and will pack down with skipper Michael Swift in the second row against Ulster.

Fellow Kiwi Jake Heenan also gets his first start at blindside flanker with John Muldoon moving to number eigtht.

There is just one change to the backs with Fionn Carr, who missed the game against the Cardiff Blues, returning to right wing.

Speaking about the team selection and the interpro derby, Pat Lam said: "It's a big boost for the team to have Craig available to start. It's been a frustrating time for him with injury but he came through the week well and is raring to go.

"Jake made a big impact coming off the bench in the last two games and his selection gives us an energetic back row, while Fionn trained well this week and returns to the wing.

"We're all really looking forward to the first interprovincial game where both the teams and supporters will bring a lot of passion to the Sportsground."

CONNACHT (v Ulster): Gavin Duffy; Fionn Carr, Robbie Henshaw, Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy; Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion; Brett Wilkinson, Jason Harris-Wright, Nathan White, Michael Swift (capt), Craig Clarke, Jake Heenan, Willie Faloon, John Muldoon.


Replacements: Sean Henry, Rodney Ah You, Ronan Loughney, Aly Muldowney, George Naoupu, Paul O'Donohoe, Craig Ronaldson, Danie Poolman.

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