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10 changes for Connacht as Carty, O'Halloran and Heenan return

Pat Lam has heavily rotated his squad with several players making comebacks.

CONNACHT HAVE MADE 10 changes for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 meeting with Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo [KO 6.30pm Irish time, TG4].

Pat Lam has brought Jack Carty back into his XV, with the out-half having made his return from spleen surgery in the victory over Munster two weekends ago. John Cooney comes into the side at scrum-half.

Jack Carty Carty is back in the 10 shirt for Connacht. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Fullback Tiernan O’Halloran is also back in the Connacht team after recovering from a knee injury, while Jake Heenan makes his comeback at openside flanker.

Fionn Carr starts on the wing, after Matt Healy suffered a minor back injury in training last week, while academy player Rory Parata – another just back from injury – is picked in midfield alongside Peter Robb.

In the front row, Ronan Loughney and Rodney Ah You have been selected either side of hooker Tom McCartney, who will captain Connacht against Treviso.

Quinn Roux and Andrew Browne form the lock partnership, while Eoin McKeon shifts to number eight. AJ MacGinty and Caolin Blade are both back from injury to take spots on the bench alongside Robbie Henshaw.

IRFU man Peter Fitzgibbon will referee the tie.

Connacht:

15. Tiernan O’Halloran
14. Niyi Adeolokun
13. Rory Parata
12. Peter Robb
11. Fionn Carr
10. Jack Carty
9. John Cooney

1. Ronan Loughney
2. Tom McCartney (captain)
3. Rodney Ah You
4. Quinn Roux
5. Andrew Browne
6. Sean O’Brien
7. Jake Heenan
8. Eoin McKeon

Replacements:

16. Dave Heffernan
17. JP Cooney
18. Finlay Bealham
19. Aly Muldowney
20. John Muldoon
21. Caolin Blade
22. AJ MacGinty
23. Robbie Henshaw

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon [IRFU].

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