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Cooney makes move to out-half as Connacht change five for Zebre

Pat Lam’s side are in action in the Sportsground tomorrow.

Connacht rugby captain John Muldoon is back in action.
Connacht rugby captain John Muldoon is back in action.
Image: Inpho/Billy Stickland

CONNACHT HEAD COACH Pat Lam has shuffled his pack for tomorrow’s Champions Cup clash against Zebre at the Sportsground and made five changes.

There’s good news with Craig Ronaldson back from injury to start at inside centre while John Cooney will start at out-half for the first time in his career. Alongside him Kieran Marmion returns to start at scrum-half.

In the pack, Lewis Stevenson is drafted in to the second row where he will partner James Cannon and captain John Muldoon returns from injury to start at number eight.

Peter Robb, Jack Carty, Quinn Roux and Jake Heenan all miss out on the match day squad through injury while Naulia Dawai drops to the bench.

New centre Tom Farrell, who was an addition to the Connacht squad this week, is also named amongst the replacements.

Connacht:

15. Tiernan O’Halloran
14. Niyi Adeolokun
13. Rory Parata
12. Craig Ronaldson
11. Matt Healy
10. John Cooney
9. Kieran Marmion

1. Denis Buckley
2. Tom McCartney
3. Finlay Bealham
4. Lewis Stevenson
5. James Cannon
6. Sean O’Brien
7. Eoin McKeon
8. John Muldoon (captain)

Replacements:

16. Dave Heffernan
17. JP Cooney
18. John Andress
19. James Connolly
20. Naulia Dawai
21. Caolin Blade
22. Tom Farrell
23. Danie Poolman

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