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8 changes for Connacht ahead of Munster clash

John Muldoon returns to captain the side.

Muldoon returns in the number 8 jersey.
Muldoon returns in the number 8 jersey.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

CONNACHT HEAD COACH Kieran Keane has named his starting XV for Friday night’s inter-provincial clash with Munster in the Guinness Pro14 at the Sportsground [KO: 7.35pm].

John Muldoon returns to captain the side with Kieran Marmion, Ultan Dillane, Finlay Bealham, Tom McCartney, Tom Farrell, Jarrad Butler and Cian Kelleher also coming into the starting team.

Tiernan O’Halloran starts at full-back with Darragh Leader and Kelleher on the two flanks. Farrell joins Bundee Aki in the centre as Marmion and Jack Carty form the half-back partnership.

Bealham, McCartney and Denis Buckley make up the front row with Dillane and James Cannon behind. The captain returns in the number 8 jersey, with Eoin McKeon and Jarrad Butler at blindside and openside respectively.

Niyi Adeolokun is named in the matchday 23 for the first time this season as he returns from injury.

Due to the very high demand for tickets, additional terracing is being installed at the Sportsground to cater for the increased capacity.

Connacht XV v Munster

15. Tiernan O’Halloran
14. Darragh Leader
13. Bundee Aki
12. Tom Farrell
11. Cian Kelleher
10. Jack Carty
9. Kieran Marmion

1. Denis Buckley
2. Tom McCartney
3. Finlay Bealham
4. Ultan Dillane
5. James Cannon
6. Eoin McKeon
7. Jarrad Butler
8. John Muldoon (Capt)

Replacements
16. Dave Heffernan
17. Denis Coulson
18. Conor Carey
19. Quinn Roux
20. Eoghan Masterson
21. Caolin Blade
22. Craig Ronaldson
23. Niyi Adeolokun

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