Sunday 22 July 2018

Connacht welcome Bundee Aki back for Challenge Cup quarter-final with Gloucester

27 March 2018; Bundee Aki during Connacht Rugby squad training at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
27 March 2018; Bundee Aki during Connacht Rugby squad training at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Grand Slam winners Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion are back in the Connacht team to face Gloucester at The Sportsgrounds in tomorrow's European Challenge Cup quarter-final.

The duo are named in the side alongside fellow Ireland internationals Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane for the crucial knockout tie. It will be a memorable occasion for out-half Jack Carty and replacement hooker Dave Heffernan, as they prepare to win their 100th caps for the province.

Connacht have been on a miserable run of form in the PRO 14 but Kieran Keane is hopeful his side can turn things around in front of their home fans tomorrow.

"We have had a really close look at them and how they have been playing. I think they have a very similar approach to the game as we do so it’s going to be a tough game for both sides and both teams will fancy their chances," Keane said.

"The home advantage will be big for us. Our supporters have been fantastic this season and have made the Sportsground a really difficult place to travel for away teams. I know they will give us another lift again tomorrow and the boys are determined to give them something to shout about."

Connacht:

15. Tiernan O’Halloran

14. Niyi Adeolokun

13. Bundee Aki

12. Tom Farrell

11. Matt Healy

10. Jack Carty

9. Kieran Marmion

1. Denis Buckley

2. Tom McCartney

3. Finlay Bealham

4. Gavin Thornbury

5. Quinn Roux

6. Eoin McKeon

7. Jarrad Butler

8. John Muldoon (Capt)

Replacements (16-23): Dave Heffernan, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Eoghan Masterson, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Darragh Leader.

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