12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
There are three changes to the side which beat Newport Gwent Dragons last week at the Sportsground. David Gannon comes in for injured captain Andrew Farley in the second row.
Hooker Adrian Flavin will captain the side for the first time. In the back row, Colm Rigney is named at number eight, while Michael McCarthy is named at blindside flanker. John Muldoon and Ray Ofisa are the players to make way. Keith Matthews returns from a groin injury and is named among the replacements.CONNACHT: Peter Durcan; Ofisa Treviranus, Mel Deane, Aidan Wynne, Darren Yapp; Tim Donnelly, Conor McPhillips; Brett Wilkinson, Adrian Flavin (capt), Robbie Morris, Michael Swift, David Gannon, Michael McCarthy, Johnny O'Connor, Colm Rigney.
Replacements: John Fogarty, Ronan Loughney, John Muldoon, Ray Ofisa, Conor O'Loughlin, Keith Matthews, Danny Riordan.