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Bundee's back as Connacht welcome Worcester in Challenge Cup

Kieran Keane has made nine changes to his side.

Aki had a very different role last weekend.
Aki had a very different role last weekend.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

AFTER BEGINNING THEIR European journey with a win over Oyonnax last weekend, Connacht look primed to build from that base with nine changes for tomorrow’s Challenge Cup meeting with Worcester Warriors in Galway (kick-off 15.00).

Chief among the nine changes are the selections in the back-line where Bundee Aki returns to the midfield to partner Eoin Griffin with Jack Carty restored to out-half duties.

Tiernan O’Halloran has managed to shake off a niggling injury to start in an excting back three completed by Darragh Leader and Connacht’s record European try-scorer Matt Healy.

Eoghan Masterson captains the side with John Muldoon rested and replaced by openside James Connolly while former Ireland U20 powerhouse Cillian Gallagher is among the replacements as cover for locks Quinn Roux and Dominic Robertson-McCoy.

Warriors, meanwhile, have travelled to Galway without veteran scrum-half Peter Stringer and his fellow Munster legend Donncha O’Callaghan is among the replacements.

Connacht:

15. Tiernan O’Halloran
14. Darragh Leader
13. Bundee Aki
12. Eoin Griffin
11. Matt Healy
10. Jack Carty
9. Caolin Blade

1. Denis Buckley
2. David Heffernan
3. Dominic Robertson-McCoy
4. Quinn Roux
5. James Cannon
6. Eoin McKeon
7. James Connolly
8. Eoghan Masterson (Capt)

Replacements:

16. Shane Delahunt
17. Peter McCabe
18. Conor Carey
19. Cillian Gallagher
20. Jarrad Butler
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Craig Ronaldson
23. Cian Kelleher

Worcester Warriors:

15 Chris Pennell
14 Tom Howe
13 Wynand Olivier
12 Jackson Willison
11 Josh Adams
10 Jono Lance
9 Jonny Arr

1 Ethan Waller
2 Jack Singleton
3 Gareth Milasinovich
4 Pierce Phillips
5 Will Spencer
6 David Denton
7 Alafoti Faosiliva
8 GJ van Velze (Capt)

Replacements:

16 Matti Williams
17 Ryan Bower
18 Simon Kerrod
19 Donncha O’Callaghan
20 Huw Taylor
21 Michael Dowsett
22 Sam Olver
23 Perry Humphreys

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