While the senior team welcome Toulouse to the Sportsground in the Heineken Cup, Connacht Eagles are travelling to England to play Bedford Blues at Goldington Road in round 4 of the British & Irish Cup on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).
Following an impressive 17-8 win over the Blues in the last round, the Eagles lie in second place in Pool 3 – one point behind leaders Rotherham Titans.
Coaches Nigel Carolan and Jimmy Duffy have made four changes from last weekend. Scrum half Marcus Walsh will start in an otherwise unchanged back-line.
Up front, Dave Heffernan and Peter Reilly are promoted from the bench to the front row while Aaron Conneely makes a return from injury to take his place in the back row.
CONNACHT EAGLES (v Bedford Blues): Shane Layden; David Panter, Conor Finn, Brian Murphy, Steve Macauley; Jack Carty (capt), Marcus Walsh; Finlay Bealham, Dave Heffernan, Peter Reilly, Dave Nolan, Daniel Qualter, Sean O’Brien, Aaron Conneely, Eoghan Masterson.
Replacements: James Rael, Saba Meunargia, Ultan Dillane, Conor Kindregan, Caolin Blade, Tadhg Leader, Rory Parata.