There is huge anticipation and excitement in Galway as the Connacht supporters await their first glimpse of Mils Muliaina in competitive action. Fellow new signings Bundee Aki and Tom McCartney are also set to play against Zebre tonight.
All Black centurion Mils Muliaina will make his Connacht debut at the Sportsground on Friday, lining out at full-back in a side that sees seven changes since the trip to the Ospreys in the last round of GUINNESS PRO12 action.
Following last Friday's disappointing loss to the Ospreys, Connacht now face into a three-week break in games until their GUINNESS PRO12 round 8 date with Zebre at the Sportsground on Friday, November 21.
Connacht have struggled to get results against the Ospreys, with just one win since the 2007/08 season, so a maiden victory at the Liberty Stadium would give Pat Lam's men a big lift ahead of the international break.
Just ten days after landing in Galway, New Zealand-born centre Bundee Aki was in squad training today preparing for a likely debut appearance for Connacht when Pat Lam's men take on the Ospreys on Friday night.
Following Saturday's defeat to Exeter Chiefs in the European Challenge Cup, the Connacht squad returned to the Sportsground on Monday as attention returns to the GUINNESS PRO12 and the game away to the table-topping Ospreys next Friday.
Sandy Park in Exeter is the venue for Connacht's 100th European Challenge Cup match. Win number 52 would see the province cement their place at the top of Pool 2, ahead of their December clashes with Bayonne.
The Connacht team to face Exeter Chiefs in round 2 of the European Challenge Cup has been named. Head coach Pat Lam has made eight personnel changes to the side that beat La Rochelle 48-12 last weekend.
Greene King IPA Championship newcomers Doncaster Knights are the only team to boast a perfect record - 10 points from a possible 10 - after the opening two weekends of action in the British & Irish Cup.
Following Saturday's bonus point win over La Rochelle in the European Challenge Cup, the Connacht squad returned to the Sportsground today to prepare for their round 2 trip to Exeter Chiefs next weekend.