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Henshaw at fullback as Connacht makes seven changes for Ulster trip

21-year-old academy back Cormac Brennan could make his debut off the bench in Belfast.

PAT LAM HAS made seven changes to the Connacht XV that beat Leinster last weekend ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial Guinness Pro12 meeting with Ulster in Belfast [KO 7.35pm, TG4].

Ireland international Robbie Henshaw will start at fullback after Tiernan O’Halloran was ruled out with a quad injury, while Shane O’Leary takes over in the 10 shirt in the absence of Sale-bound Aj MacGinty.

Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose Henshaw was used off the bench against Leinster. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

John Cooney gets the nod at scrum-half for the league leaders, with Kieran Marmion dropping out due to what Connacht term “a minor quad injury.”

Up front, Rodney Ah You comes in at tighthead prop in place of the injured Nathan White, as Finlay Bealham plays back-up again despite impressing against Leinster.

Andrew Brown takes over from Quinn Roux in the second row, with Ireland international Ultan Dillane again selected on the bench, while James Connolly starts at openside flanker, meaning captain John Muldoon shifts to the six shirt and Eoin McKeon moves to number eight. Sean O’Brien drops to the bench.

21-year-old Galwegians utility back Cormac Brennan, still in his first year with Connacht’s academy, is selected among the replacements and could make his senior debut against Ulster tomorrow.

Connacht (v Ulster):

15. Robbie Henshaw
14. Niyi Adeolokun
13. Bundee Aki
12. Peter Robb
11. Matt Healy
10. Shane O’Leary
9. John Cooney

1. Denis Buckley
2. Tom McCartney
3. Rodney Ah You
4. Andrew Browne
5. Aly Muldowney
6. John Muldoon (captain)
7. James Connolly
8. Eoin McKeon

Replacements:

16. Dave Heffernan
17. Ronan Loughney
18. Finlay Bealham
19. Ultan Dillane
20. Sean O’Brien
21. Caolin Blade
22. Cormac Brennan
23. Danie Poolman

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