Injury-hit Connacht without a host of key names ahead of new season

Province are defending the historic title won last year

Injury-hit Connacht without a host of key names ahead of new season

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Connacht won't be able to call upon a significant contingent of first-team players ahead of the start of their Guinness Pro12 title defence.

Ahead of Saturday's clash with the Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground, the province have revealed the full extent of their injury list at the moment.

Jake Heenan, Quinn Roux, Andrew Browne, Nathan White, Ben Marshall, John Cooney and Craig Ronaldson are all expected to miss the start of the new campaign.

Earlier today, it emerged that the Connacht hierarchy are "considering moving the team to Eamonn Deacy Park" for a potential ground-share with Galway United.