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TheConnacht team that takes to the Sportsground pitch for tonight'sChallenge Cup tie with Montpellier (kick-off 6.30pm) will show sevenchanges to the side that went down 13-0 to Munster last weekend.
Coach Michael Bradley has opted for an overhaul of his starting line-up, with a number of frontline players not included, notably prop Ray Hogan (calf muscle) and winger Conor McPhillips (nose).
Front rowers Brett Wilkinson and Adrian Flavin return to the side, as does flanker Michael Swift. In the backs, David Slemen and Conor O'Loughlin will start as the hosts' half-back pairing, while Ted Robinson and Gavin Williams will don the number 11 and 12 jerseys respectively.
There are two positional switches - John Muldoon moves to number eight, owing to Colm Rigney's absence, and Keith Matthews switches from the centre to the right wing. Prop Brett Sturgess has also forced his way into the matchday 22.
With hooker John Fogarty being ousted by Flavin, Australian lock Andrew Farley will captain the westerners.
Regarding his selection policy, Bradley admitted: "While we have beenperforming well of late, we have not been winning matches. We have a
Tonight's game is a must-win one for Bradley's charges - Pool 4 is dominated by NEC Harlequins and Bathat the moment, who sit on nine and eight points respectively. Connacht,who lost tight games to the English duo in October, lie third with twopoints.
"We're still in the competition but we can't afford any slip-ups. Weneed results this weekend and next against Montpellier and then we'llsee how we are fixed," added Bradley.
Connacht have a proud record in the Challenge Cup, having qualified for the quarter-finals for the past four seasons.
CONNACHT: Daniel Riordan; KeithMatthews, Paul Warwick, Gavin Williams, Ted Robinson; David Slemen,Conor O'Loughlin; Brett Wilkinson, Adrian Flavin, Stephen Knoop, DavidGannon, Andrew Farley (capt), Michael Swift, Ray Ofisa, John Muldoon.
Replacements: John Fogarty, Brett Sturgess, Brendan O'Connor, Colm Rigney, Chris Keane, Mark McHugh, John Hearty.