Tuesday 28 January 2020

Leinster and Connacht ring the changes ahead of Pro12 showdown

Jack Conan returns for Leinster
Jack Conan returns for Leinster

Daniel Byrne

Leinster boss Leo Cullen has made 10 changes to the team that was beaten by Montpellier last Sunday in the Champions Cup.

With numerous players for both sides not available for selection because of the forthcoming international tests, both Leinster and Connacht have shuffled their decks.

Jack Conan returns to the starting 15 while Adam Byrne and Barry Daly will make their first starts of the season.

Connacht boss Pat Lam has made five changes to the side that beat Toulouse last weekend with Tiernan O’Halloran back from injury and available for selection. Cian Kelleher goes back out onto the wing.

Leinster: 15 Isa Nacewa (c), 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Rory O'Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Barry Daly, 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Dan Leavy, 5 Ian Nagle, 4 Mick Kearney, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy

Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Mike McCarthy, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Rob Kearney

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Peter Robb, 12 Craig Ronaldson, 11 Cian Kelleher, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 John Muldoon, 7 Jake Heenan, 6 Sean O’Brien, 5 Andrew Browne, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 Conor Carey, 2 Dave Heffernan, 1 JP Cooney

Replacements: 16 Shane Delahunt, 17 Dominic Robertson-McCoy, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 James Cannon, 20 Eoin McKeon, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Bundee Aki, 23 Stacey Ili

Leinster vs Connacht, Saturday 29th of October RDS (KO 5:15 pm)

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