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Connacht Prepare For First Away Trip

Connacht Prepare For First Away Trip

The Connacht squad returned to training at the Sportsground on Monday following their opening GUINNESS PRO12 win over the Newport Gwent Dragons.

There were some sore bodies after a physical encounter with the Welsh region and captain John Muldoon (tight hamstring) and Quinn Roux (dead leg) sat out training on Monday.

Both forwards are expected to run today and will be available for selection ahead of the round 2 clash with Edinburgh on Friday night.

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Following surgery on his shoulder last February, New Zealand-born flanker Jake Heenan returned to competitive action with Connacht last Saturday but left the pitch in the 78th minute after an impressive display.

The 22-year-old aggravated the shoulder in the dying minutes of the game and awaits further tests to determine the scale of the damage.

Meanwhile, backs Shane O’Leary and Matt Healy both returned to full training this week. O’Leary, who missed out on round 1 due to a dead leg, is expected to be available to Pat Lam this week while Healy, recovering from a hand fracture, has another week or two to go until he is fit to play.

Ireland internationals Kieran Marmion and Robbie Henshaw are both available to play on Friday night at BT Murrayfield.

Scrum half John Cooney, who is on loan from Leinster Rugby, arrived in Galway yesterday. The 24-year-old Dubliner is match fit, having played club rugby for Terenure College last weekend.