Former Schools, U19/21 and Student international James Norton will make his debut for Connacht in Friday’s Celtic League encounter with Newport at the Sportsgound (5.45pm)
With Mark McHugh Siberia bound, Connacht coach Steph Nel has called up former Schools international James Nortonfor their Celtic League encounter against Newport at the Galway Sportsground this Friday evening (kick-off 5.45 pm).
21 year old Norton has also been capped at Student level and was member of the Ireland Under 21 World Cup squad last year.
Gavin Duffy is still out through injury but hooker Marnus Uijs and flanker Johnny O’Connor are back from injury and named on the replacement bench.
The only other change to the side is at openside wing-forward where Colm Rigney is selected ahead of Paul Neville.
Connacht (v Newport).
James Norton; Ted Robinson, Darren Yapp, Tim Allnutt (capt.), Wayne Munn; Eric Elwood, Chris Keane; Dan McFarland, Jerry Flannery, Peter Bracken; Warwick Waugh, Rowan Frost; Michael Swift, John O’Sullivan,
Replacements: Ronan McCormack, Marnus Uijs, Eric Peters, Johnny O’Connor, Eoin Reddan, Shane Moore, Martin McPhail.
Ulster (v Neath, Fri, 20th Sept. 7.30pm.)
Bryn Cunningham; James Topping, Ryan Constable, Jonathon Bell (Capt), Tyrone Howe; Adam Larkin, Neil Doak; Justin Fitzpatrick, Matt Sexton, Robbie Kempson; Mark Blair, Jeremy Davidson; Warren Brosnihan, Neil McMillan, Tony McWhirter.
Replacements: Simon Best, Paul Shields, Paddy Johns, Neil Best, Kieran Campbell, Shane Stewart, Scott Young