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Connacht winger joins province's lengthy injury list after appendix surgery

Rory Scholes faces a number of weeks out.

Scholes has featured three times for Connacht this season.
Scholes has featured three times for Connacht this season.
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ANOTHER NAME HAS been added to Connacht’s injury list after Rory Scholes last week had his appendix removed and was ruled out for a number of weeks.

The winger, signed from Edinburgh during the summer, will definitely miss Friday’s Guinness Pro14 trip to Cardiff Blues and is now one of nine long-term absentees at the western province.

With Kieran Marmion, Ultan Dillane and Bundee Aki away on Ireland duty, Kieran Keane’s resources are stretched further as Connacht resume their campaign in Wales this weekend.

Second row Andrew Browne had surgery on his Achilles at the start of the month and is out of action until 2018, along with prop Dominic Roberston McCoy (thumb), flanker Sean O’Brien and back Cormac Brennan (both shoulder).

Jarrad Butler is continuing his recovery from recent knee surgery and is one of a number of players expected to return to training in the coming weeks. Craig Ronaldson, Peter Robb and Stacey Ili are all following similiar timelines.

On a more positive note, JP Cooney, Eoin Griffin, James Connolly, Gavin Thornbury, Eoin McKeon and Jake Heenan are all reintegrating back into training after spells on the sideline but are unlikely to be available for Cardiff.

Connacht sit fourth in Conference A of the Pro14 after the first block of fixtures with three wins from eight games.

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