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O'Halloran in line to face champions as Connacht welcome no fresh injuries

The international fullback will hope to arrest his province’s slide down the Pro14 Conference A table.

O'Halloran warming up on Ireland duty in Japan.
O'Halloran warming up on Ireland duty in Japan.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

AFTER THREE LOSSES from their first four Pro14 matches, Connacht can at least look to the lack of fresh names on their injury list as a silver lining after falling at home to Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

Head coach Kieran Keane wasn’t hesitant in using his bench as the western province fought their way into a late lead before succumbing to Willis Halaholo’s late try. So there is no reported injury for centre Craig Ronaldson or scrum-half Kieran Marmion who were both called ashore before the game’s defining moments.

Jack Carty, who was left out of the matchday 23 while Andrew Deegan played 80 minutes on debut, is another playmaker who the province rate as injury-free.

Fullback Tiernan O’Halloran is on his way off the treatment list as he has shaken off the hip knock sustained in defeat to the Dragons and has returned to training ahead of this Friday’s visit to face champions Scarlets in Llanelli.

Fellow back three flyer Cormac Brennan (shoulder) has also resumed training in Galway, but Matt Healy remains a week away from joining the rest of the squad as he continues his rehab from groin trouble.

Also due back in full training next week is flanker Naulia Dawai (hamstring), while lock James Cannon is nursing a ‘minor thigh strain’ picked up in training last week.

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