Monday 22 January 2018

Connacht lose Duffy for crunch Montpellier clash

Full-back Gavin Duffy has been ruled out of Connacht's Amlin Challenge Cup tie against Montpellier on Friday night.

Duffy has not recovered from a cracked cheekbone injury picked up against Munster on St Stephen's Day and the Mayo man will be out for at least two more weeks.

But there is better news for the province concerning loosehead prop Brett Wilkinson who has recovered from a hand injury and he is available to play.

Coach Michael Bradley believes that the winners of Friday's game will effectively win the pool, and he expects nothing to come easy against the French Top 14 visitors.

"It is a huge match and both teams have everything to play for," he said. "If we win we should go on and win the pool, while Montpellier will feel they should take Worcester at home in their last game, so it all really hinges on this match.

"It would represent huge progress for us to advance to a home quarter-final and we are hopeful that a big crowd will come out and give the lads every support.

"We got more from the two games against Worcester than might have been envisaged so it is important now to make the most of that and finish the job."

Irish Independent

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