Thursday 12 December 2019

Eagles seek 'Improvements'

Josh Rowland returns from long-term injury to start at full-back. Stock photo: Getty
Josh Rowland returns from long-term injury to start at full-back. Stock photo: Getty
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Connacht Eagles' search for their first win of their British and Irish Cup campaign doesn't get any easier this afternoon when they welcome pool leaders London Irish to Dubarry Park (2.0).

Head coach Mossy Lawler has rightly used the competition as an opportunity to blood young players but it hasn't exactly gone according to plan - as their four consecutive defeats would suggest.

Josh Rowland returns from long-term injury to start at full-back while Adam Leavy, younger brother of Leinster flanker Dan, is named on the wing.

Ciaran Gaffney made two Pro12 appearances last month and he links up with Kieran Joyce in midfield.

Up front, Danny Qualter skippers the side from the second-row, alongside Cillian Gallagher, who is likely to be named Ireland U-20 captain for the Six Nations next month.

"While we're still looking for our first win of the campaign, what we really want to see as coaches is an improved performance all round, Lawler said.

"Again, we have a real mix of experience going out with limited training time. But we still see it as a great opportunity to test ourselves against a quality side."

Connacht Eagles - J Rowland; M Byrne, C Gaffney, K Joyce, A Leavy; L Carty, C McKeon; J Dinneen, S O'Hehir, D Robertson-McCoy; C Gallagher, D Qualter (capt); R Moloney, J Pim, M Kelly. Reps: C Kyne, S Meunargia, C Romaine, S Masterson, S Kerins, M Codyre, J Murphy.

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