Tuesday 21 November 2017

Connacht reshuffle their pack for visit to Ospreys

Independent.ie reporters

CONNACHT coach Eric Elwood has made three changes to his pack for their match away to Ospreys tomorrow night.

The western province claimed their third RaboDirect PRO 12 win of the season against The Dragons last week



South African Dylan Rogers comes in at tighthead for Rodney Ah You, who has been ruled out.



Stuart Maguire provides front row cover on the bench.



Lock Michael Swift returns to the starting line-up.



TJ Anderson making his competitive start for the province at blindside flanker, while the 28 year old former Ulsterman replaces Ray Ofisa who moves to the bench.



An unchanged backline sees Frank Murphy and Niall O’Conner continue a promising partnership at half back, while Gavin Duffy leads the side from fullback.



Meanwhile, Ulster have made three personnel and one positional change to the starting XV for Friday's game against Dragons at Rodney Parade.



Adam D'Arcy is promoted from the bench to fill the vacant fullback role..



After starting all of Ulster's game so far, Andi Kyriacou has been named among the replacements, with Nigel Brady taking over at hooker. Willie Faloon will tog out at openside flanker.



Connacht: G Duffy; B Tuohy, E Griffin, H Fa’afili, T O’Halloran; N O’Connor, F Murphy; B Wilkinson, E Reynecke, D Rogers; M Swift, M McCarthy; TJ Anderson, J O’Connor, J Muldoon; Replacements: A Flavin, R Loughney, S Maguire, D Gannon, R Ofisa, P O’Donohoe, M Jarvis, J Loxton.



Ulster: A D'Arcy; C Gilroy, N Spence, P Marshall, I Whitten; P Jackson, P Marshall; D Fitzpatrick, N Brady, J Cronin, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, P Wannenburg, W Faloon, C Henry; Replacements: A Kyriacou, K McCall, A Macklin, T Barker, R Diack, I Porter, J McKinney, C Gaston

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