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Adeolokun, Healy and Dillane back in Connacht 23 for Saints play-off

Pat Lam’s side have been boosted by the return of the Ireland internationals.

IRELAND INTERNATIONALS NIYI Adeolokun, Matt Healy and Ultan Dillane have returned to Connacht’s match day 23 for tomorrow’s Champions Cup qualification play-off semi-final against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens [KO 4pm, TG4].

Adeolokun is back from a hamstring injury to start on the right wing, while Healy and Dillane are included on the bench.

Niyi Adeolokun scores his side's first try Adeolokun is back on the right wing for Connacht. Source: Ian Cook/INPHO

With Bundee Aki suspended, Danie Poolman moves into the midfield alongside Craig Ronaldson, with Tiernan O’Halloran and Cian Kelleher in the back three with Adeolokun.

Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion will steer the ship from the halfbacks slots, while new Ireland call-up Dave Heffernan is in the front row with Finlay Bealham and Denis Buckley.

Ireland international Quinn Roux is in the second row alongside Andrew Browne, who has recovered from a calf issue, while captain John Muldoon is joined in the back row by Sean O’Brien and Jake Heenan.

Northampton have named a strong starting XV including Lions George North and Courtney Lawes, England captain Dylan Hartley, France number eight Louis Picamoles and England centre Luther Burrell.

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

Northampton Saints:

15. Ahsee Tuala
14. Ben Foden
13. Nafi Tuitavake
12. Luther Burrell
11. George North
10. Harry Mallinder
9. Nic Groom

1. Alex Waller
2. Dylan Hartley (captain)
3. Kieran Brookes
4. Courtney Lawes
5. Christian Day
6. Jamie Gibson
7. Teimana Harrison
8. Louis Picamoles

Replacements:

16. Mikey Haywood
17. Campese Ma’afu
18. Gareth Denman
19. Api Ratuniyarawa
20. Tom Wood
21. Lee Dickson
22. Sam Olver
23. Rory Hutchinson

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France).

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