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Ex-Leinster player Kelleher to make Connacht debut in Pro12 opener

Connacht will take on the Glasgow Warriors tomorrow at 5.15pm at the Sportsgrounds.

Connacht head coach Pat Lam.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

PAT LAM HAS named his starting fifteen for Connacht’s first match of their Pro12 defence against Glasgow Warriors tomorrow evening at the Sportsground [5.15pm].

Eight of the team that started last May’s Pro12 final victory over Leinster survive, including last year’s Pro12 Player’s Player, Bundee Aki.

22-year-old Cian Kelleher will be given his competitive Connacht debut at fullback, while center Eoin Griffin returns after two years with London Irish to take over the number 13 shirt from the departed Robbie Henshaw.

Connacht will be led out by John Muldoon, who led them to their first ever title last season.

Connacht (v Glasgow Warriors)

15           Cian Kelleher
14           Niyi Adeolokun
13           Eoin Griffin
12           Bundee Aki
11           Matt Healy
10           Jack Carty
9              Caolin Blade

1              Denis Buckley
2              Tom McCartney
3              Finlay Bealham
4              Ultan Dillane
5              Danny Qualter
6              Eoin McKeon
7              Nepia Fox-Matamua
8              John Muldoon (captain)

Replacements:
16           Dave Heffernan
17           Ronan Loughney
18           JP Cooney
19           Lewis Stevenson
20           James Connolly
21           Kieran Marmion
22           Shane O’Leary
23           Peter Robb

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