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Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

13.33 8 Jan 2021


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Connacht have been further boosted by the return of a number of big names for their Guinness PRO14 interpro derby against Munster at the Sportsground on Saturday. 

Head coach Andy Friend has made four changes to his side that got a historic win over Leinster at the RDS last weekend.

The first comes in the front row where Finlay Bealham is restored to tighthead prop and he'll line out alongside Denis Buckley and Shane Delahunt.

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After coming off the bench last week, Ultan Dillane is named in the starting XV, where he partners Quinn Roux in the second row, with Roux remaining as captain.

The pack is completed by Conor Oliver, Sean Masterson, and Sean O’Brien, who has recovered from injury which has kept him out for the last six weeks.

Caolin Blade and Jack Carty continue at 9 and 10 respectively, as do Tom Daly and Sammy Arnold in the centre after brilliant performances last weekend.

The final change comes in the back three where Ben O’Donnell comes in for his first start in a Connacht jersey – forming an exciting trio with Alex Wootton and John Porch.

Among the replacements include the returning Paul Boyle and Irish international Dave Heffernan.

Connacht team in full to face Munster:

John Porch

Ben O’Donnell

Sammy Arnold

Tom Daly

Alex Wootton

Jack Carty

Caolin Blade

Denis Buckley

Shane Delahunt

Finlay Bealham

Ultan Dillane

Quinn Roux (C)

Sean O’Brien

Conor Oliver

Sean Masterson.

Replacements:

Dave Heffernan

Matthew Burke

Dominic Robertson-McCoy

Gavin Thornbury

Paul Boyle

Kieran Marmion

Diarmuid Kilgallen

Peter Sullivan.

Kick-off at the Sportsground is at 7.35pm on Saturday.

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