10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Flanker Ray Ofisa (illness) and prop Robbie Morris, who has received a three week ban after being cited for an incident in the game against Ulster, are ruled out.
But, encouragingly, centre Niva Ta'auso returns to the squad after being out since the opening day of the season against the Ospreys.
CONNACHT Squad (v Newport Gwent Dragons): Backs (12) - Liam Bibo, Fionn Carr, Gavin Duffy, Ian Keatley, Keith Matthews, Frank Murphy, Troy Nathan, Miah Nikora, Conor O'Loughlin, Niva Ta'ausao, Brian Tuohy, Aidan Wynne.
Forwards (14) - Andrew Browne, Sean Cronin, Adrian Flavin, Jamie Hagan, Conor Higgins, Ronan Loughney, Mike McCarthy, Mike McComish, John Muldoon, Dermot Murphy, Johnny O'Connor, Michael Swift, Bernie Upton, Brett Wilkinson.