19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
Connacht renew rivalries this evening with NEC Harlequins, the team that knocked them out of the 2003/04 Challenge Cup, in their seventh straight home game of the season.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP: POOL 4: Friday, October 20
CONNACHT v NEC HARLEQUINS, The Sportsground, 7pm
Connacht: Daniel Riordan; Matt Mostyn, Paul Warwick, Gavin Williams, Darren Yapp; Mark McHugh (capt), Chris Keane; Ray Hogan, Adrian Flavin, Brett Sturgess, David Gannon, Andrew Farley, John Muldoon, Ray Ofisa, Colm Rigney.
Replacements: John Fogarty, Brett Wilkinson, Michael Swift, Brendan O'Connor, Tom Tierney, Keith Matthews, Ted Robinson.
Harlequins: Mike Brown; Tom Williams, Gavin Duffy, Jordan Turner-Hall, Ugo Monye; Adrian Jarvis, Andy Gomarsall; Ceri Jones, Tani Fuga, Mike Ross, Ollie Kohn, Nicolas Spanghero, Nick Easter, Paul Volley (capt), Chris Hala'Ufia.
Replacements: James Hayter, Lorne Ward, Jimmy Evans, Tom Guest, Andre Vos, Danny Care, Craig McMullen.
Referee: Eric Darriere (France)
Touch Judges: Cedric Marchet, Eric Soulan (both France)
Coach Speak: Michael Bradley (Connacht) - "It is true that we know the competition pretty well but we are in an extremely tough pool along with Quins, Bath - who have won the Heineken Cup - and Montpellier and, while qualifying for the quarter-finals is naturally our initial aim, it promises to be a bit of a dogfight."
Dean Richards (Harlequins) - "This week is a strange one for us in that we play Connacht in Ireland on Friday night, thus limiting the time we have to re-group and put a few things right. Connacht are a decent side and will play a different type of rugby - a similar scenario to what we witnessed at Llanelli a couple of weeks ago. Connacht, however, are not top of the table like Llanelli and the lads are confident of breaking our duck this weekend."
...The Connacht scrum in action...PREVIOUS EUROPEAN MEETINGS: