Friday 17 August 2018

Bundee Aki starts as Connacht target second Challenge Cup with against Worcester

14 October 2017; Bundee Aki of Connacht ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 5 Round 1 match between Oyonnax and Connacht at Stade de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
14 October 2017; Bundee Aki of Connacht ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 5 Round 1 match between Oyonnax and Connacht at Stade de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Des Berry

Bundee Aki is back for Connacht against Worcester Warriors in the Challenge Cup in Galway tomorrow afternoon.

Eoghan Masterson is set to captain Connacht, who enjoyed a thumping win in France against Oyonnax in their pool opener, with the 24-year-old taking his place at number 8.

There is also a new-look front row as loose-head Denis Buckley, hooker Dave Heffernan and tight-head Dominic Robertson-McCoy are included.

Aki returns to the centre alongside Eoin Griffin and Tiernan O’Halloran is also back in the side at full back after a brief injury.

Connacht: T O’Halloran; D Leader, B Aki, E Griffin, M Healy; J Carty, C Blade; D Buckley, D Heffernan, D Robertson-McCoy, Q Roux, J Cannon, E McKeon, J Connolly, E Masterson (capt).

Replacements: S Delahunt, P McCabe, C Carey, C Gallagher, J Butler, K Marmion, C Ronaldson, C Kelleher.

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