Ultan Dillane among those returning to Connacht squad for play-off

Niyi Adeolokun and Matt Healy are also back in the Connacht squad

Ultan Dillane among those returning to Connacht squad for play-off

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Connacht welcome Niyi Adeolokun, Ultan Dillane and Matt Healy back to the match-day squad from injury, for their Champions Cup play-off semi-final clash against Northampton Saints tomorrow (KO - 4pm).

Adeolokun has recovered from a hamstring issue to earn a spot in the starting XV, while Dillane and Healy are named on the bench after an injury lay-off that ruled them out since February.

Pat Lam has made seven changes ahead of the game, with Adeolokun starting on the wing, while Craig Ronaldson will operate at outside centre.

Dave Heffernan and Finlay Bealham will both start in the front row, with Sean O'Brien and Jake Heenan taking up their positions in the back row.

Speaking ahead of the game, Pat Lam said:

"Everything over the past few weeks has been geared towards this game. We know we haven't been anywhere near our best in the last few matches and that's been a big disappointment for us as a team.
 
"We've had a very positive week on and off the training pitch but we all know that the eighty plus minutes from 4pm tomorrow is when it needs to count."
 
Connacht:
 
15        Tiernan O’Halloran
14        Niyi Adeolokun
13        Danie Poolman
12        Craig Ronaldson
11        Cian Kelleher
10        Jack Carty
9          Kieran Marmion
1          Denis Buckley
2          Dave Heffernan
3           Finlay Bealham
4          Quinn Roux
5          Andrew Browne
6           Sean O’Brien
7          Jake Heenan
8          John Muldoon (captain)
 
Replacements:
 
16        Shane Delahunt
17        JP Cooney
18        Conor Carey
19        Ultan Dillane
20        Naulia Dawai
21        Caolin Blade
22        John Cooney
23        Matt Healy
 
Injured/unavailable: Eoin Griffin, Tom McCartney, Ronan Loughney, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Shane O’Leary, Bundee Aki, Peter Robb, Stacey Ili, Tom Farrell, Josh Rowland.