James Crombie/INPHO Aki and Gavin Thonrbury at Connacht training.
Opening Night

Aki in place as Connacht welcome Glasgow to Galway

Andy Friend is able to field his strongest available side as his team bid to bounce back from their ‘A’ defeat to Munster.

ACADEMY WING PETER Sullivan will win his second Connacht cap from the start when Andy Friend’s side host Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground tomorrow (kick-off 17.15, eir Sport).

A hip injury for Tiernan O’Halloran means John Porch shifts to fullback with the on-loan Alex Wootton on the left side of the back three.

A conspicuous absentee from last week’s ‘A’ inter-pro defeat to Munster, Bundee Aki starts alongside Tom Farrell in the centre with Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion continuing as half-backs.

Gavin Thornbury, whose restart was cruelly cut short due to concussion in August, packs down in the second row with Quinn Roux, while another new signing in Conor Oliver gets the nod to start at openside alongside captain Jarrad Butler and Paul Boyle.

Connacht (v Glasgow)

15. John Porch
14. Peter Sullivan
13. Tom Farrell
12. Bundee Aki
11. Alex Wootton
10. Jack Carty
9. Kieran Marmion

1. Denis Buckley
2. Dave Heffernan
3. Finlay Bealham
4. Gavin Thornbury
5. Quinn Roux
6. Jarrad Butler  Captain
7. Conor Oliver
8. Paul Boyle


16. Jonny Murphy
17. Jordan Duggan
18. Jack Aungier
19. Niall Murray
20. Seán Masterson
21. Caolin Blade
22. Conor Fitzgerald
23. Sammy Arnold

Bernard Jackman, Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey discuss the provinces’ 2020/21 starts, the South African-infused Pro16, and the schools-versus-clubs dynamic in Ireland

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