Connacht, who have already secured their place in the knock-out phase of the Celtic League had the bad news that their influential captain, Simon Allnutt may be out of action for the rest of the season.Alnutt tore cruciate knee ligaments in Connacht's dramatic Celtic League success over Bridgend last Saturday and sees a specialist today to determine the extent of the damage.
Shane Moore is brought into the centre to face Pontypridd at the Sportsground on Saturday in a side that shows seven changes from the team that defeated Bridgend. A new centre combination sees Moore partner Dermot O'Sullivan, who replaces the injured Darren Yapp, with scrum-half Eoin Reddan returning for the injured Chris Keane.Up front, Marnus Uijs and Ronan McCormack come into the front-row, Warwick Waugh resumes after injury in the second-row, while Michael Swift is included at blindside flanker with John O'Sullivan moving to No 8 and Colm Rigney switching to the openside.
CONNACHT. M McHugh; T Robinson, D O'Sullivan, S Moore, W Munn; E Elwood, E Reddan; D McFarland, M Uijs, R McCormack, W Waugh, R Frost, M Swift, J O'Sullivan, C Rigney. Subs: P Bracken, J Flannery, D Browne, E Peters, M Walls, M McPhail, J Norton.
Ulster include David Humphreys (pictured) and Gary Longwell for their away clash with bottom-of-the-table Caerphilly at Virginia Park on Saturday, but coach Alan Solomons will leave the captaincy of the side in the capable hands of Jeremy Davidson.
Ulster. Bryn Cunningham; Scott Young, Ryan Constable, Johnny Bell,
Leinster and Munster are expected to finalise their side's later today. Leinster are at home to Newport on Friday evening while Munster travel to Wales to take on Welsh All Blacks, Neath.