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International Quintet Slot Back In For Connacht

International Quintet Slot Back In For Connacht

Connacht head Coach Pat Lam has made six changes to the starting line-up ahead of Saturday’s GUINNESS PRO12 round 4 game away to the Scarlets (kick-off 7.35pm).

Ireland internationals Matt Healy, Kieran Marmion, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane are all brought into the side that will run out at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday night.
Along with Roux, Jake Heenan makes a welcome return from injury and his first appearance of the season. Dillane starts in the back row for the first time, lining out alongside the fit-again Heenan and captain John Muldoon.
Commenting on the team selection and the trip to Llanelli, Pat Lam said: “With more guys coming back from injury, it’s pleasing to be able to select a bit more experience in our side. Quinn and Jake returning is obviously a boost and it helps drive more competition within the squad.

“Although we have never won at Parc y Scarlets before, we are really excited by the challenge to try and create a small bit of history.

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“While both teams are obviously determined to get points on the table, our focus remains on the quality of our performance.”

The province’s list of currently injured/unavailable players includes Nathan White, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Ivan Soroka, Saba Meunargia, Ben Marshall, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Sean O’Brien, Eoghan Masterson, John Cooney, Conor Lowndes, Craig Ronaldson, Marnitz Boshoff, Peter Robb, Rory Parata, Josh Rowland, Danie Poolman, Darragh Leader and Ciaran Gaffney.
CONNACHT (v Scarlets): Tiernan O’Halloran; Niyi Adeolokun, Bundee Aki, Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy; Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux, Andrew Browne, Ultan Dillane, Jake Heenan, John Muldoon (capt).

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Ronan Loughney, JP Cooney, Lewis Stevenson, Eoin McKeon, Caolin Blade, Shane O’Leary, Cian Kelleher.