Friday 15 December 2017

Dan Parks returns as Pat Lam goes for experience against Saracens

Dan Parks
Dan Parks

Still with a mathematical chance of making the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup, Pat Lam has made four changes for his side to face Saracens.

Connacht face the daunting prospect of one of the form sides in Europe, but after coming close in the reverse fixture at the SPortsground and already with the Toulouse scalp in the bag, will be full of hope for tomorrow’s fixture at the Allianz Park.

Dan Parks comes back into the number 10 position at the expense of Jack Carty, while the other change in the backs from last week’s victory over Zebre sees Gavin Duffy replace Darragh Leader at full-back.

There is a new second-row partnership with Michael Swift and Craig Clarke taking over from Mick Kearney and Andrew Browne, with Browne moving to the blindsie and John Muldoon taking over from Eoin McKeon at the base of the scrum.

Connacht team to play Saracens:15. Gavin Duffy; 14. Fionn Carr, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 12. Eoin Griffin, 11. Matt Healy; 10. Dan Parks, 9. Kieran Marmion; 1. Brett Wilkinson, 2. Sean Henry, 3. Nathan White, 4. Michael Swift, 5. Craig Clarke (c), 6. Andrew Browne, 7. Jake Heenan, 8. John Muldoon

Replacements:16. Jason Harris Wright, 17. Denis Buckley, 18. Rodney Ah You, 19. Mick Kearney, 20. George Naoupu, 21. Paul O'Donohoe, 22. Darragh Leader, 23. Tiernan O'Halloran

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