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Just the 13 changes for Connacht ahead of home Challenge Cup opener

Pat Lam’s men are still thawing out after their prolonged trip to Siberia.

Pat Lam will hope Galway is a bit warmer this week?
Pat Lam will hope Galway is a bit warmer this week?
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

CONNACHT HAVE MADE 13 frontline changes from the team that started in Siberia last weekend with only 10 of the match day 23 not involved in the seven-day round trip to Russia.

Bundee Aki and Rory Parata are retained in the backline to face Brive while Jack Carty will start at 10, Ireland international Kieran Marmion getting the nod at scrum-half.

Tiernan O’Halloran will captain the side from fullback while Robbie Henshaw and Danie Poolman complete the backs.

In the front row, Jason Harris-Wright will make his season debut after returning from long-term injury and the hooker is joined up front by Ronan Loughney and Nathan White, the latter making his 50th appearance for the province.

Ben Marshall returns from injury to start in the second row alongside Andrew Browne while the back row is made up of Eoghan Masterson, Nepia Fox-Matamua, and Eoin McKeon.

Kick-0ff at the Sportsground is 5pm on Saturday.

Connacht XV to face Brive

15. Tiernan O’Halloran (captain)
14. Rory Parata
13. Robbie Henshaw
12. Bundee Aki
11. Danie Poolman
10. Jack Carty
9. Kieran Marmion

1. Ronan Loughney
2. Jason Harris-Wright
3. Nathan White
4. Ben Marshall
5. Andrew Browne
6. Eoghan Masterson
7. Nepia Fox-Matamua
8. Eoin McKeon

Replacements:
16. Dave Heffernan
17. Conan O’Donnell
18. Finlay Bealham
19. Danny Qualter
20. George Naoupu
21. Ian Porter
22. Craig Ronaldson
23. Niyi Adeolokun

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