Friday 23 February 2018

Muldoon passed fit to lead Connacht into euro battle

Skipper John Muldoon will lead Connacht out against Toulon tomorrow night in the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final after overcoming a groin injury.

And Michael Bradley's men are further boosted by the availability of centre Niva Ta'auso (knee), scrum-half Frank Murphy (ankle) and also prop Jamie Hagan (hamstring), after they were passed fit to play in the eagerly-awaited encounter.

However, centre Keith Matthews has been ruled out with an ankle injury, joining flanker Ray Ofisa on the sideline after the Samoan was ruled out after suffering a recurrence of vertigo against the Scarlets last Sunday.

Former England international prop Robbie Morris is doubtful with a calf injury and Conor Higgins has been included in a 24-man squad as cover.

All tickets have been sold for the semi-final and if Connacht win they will take on either Cardiff Blues or Wasps at Gloucester on Sunday, May 23, with the final going ahead in Marseilles if Toulon advance.

Connacht (Squad v Toulon) -- Backs: F Carr, G Duffy, I Keatley, F Murphy, T Nathan, M Nikora, C O'Loughlin, N Ta'auso, B Tuohy, A Wynne. Forwards: S Cronin, A Flavin, J Hagan, C Higgins, R Loughney, M McCarthy, M McComish, R Morris, J Muldoon, G Naoupu, J O'Connor, M Swift, B Upton, B Wilkinson.

Irish Independent

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