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.
Mark McCrea and recent Academy signing Steve Macauley are named on the wings, while scrum half Paul O'Donohoe makes a welcome return to a Connacht starting line-up.
Flanker Eoghan Grace will captain the side and is joined in the back row by former Ireland Under-20 internationals David Heffernan and Aaron Conneely.
Carolan is looking forward to the game, stating: "With round 3 of both the Heineken Cup and British & Irish Cup in just two weeks' time, this is a great opportunity to give players a run-out and have a look at different options."
Connacht Season Ticket holders can gain free entry to the grounds for Friday's Connacht Eagles v Leinster 'A' match in Galway.
CONNACHT EAGLES (v Leinster 'A'): Matthew Jarvis; Mark McCrea, Conor Finn, Brian Murphy, Steve Macauley; Jack Carty, Paul O'Donohoe; Brett Wilkinson, Kevin O'Byrne, JP Cooney, Ultan Dillane, Jonathan Gardiner, David Heffernan, Eoghan Grace (capt), Aaron Conneely.
Replacements: Kurt Haupt, Paul Griffin, Peter Reilly, Brian McClearn, Paul Maxwell, Chris Lilly, Tadhg Leader, Callum Boland.