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Keane includes Aussie debutant in his first starting XV as Connacht boss

Connacht welcome Glasgow Warriors to the Sportsground for their Guinness Pro14 opener tomorrow evening.

Kieran Keane and Jarrad Butler on the training ground this week.
Kieran Keane and Jarrad Butler on the training ground this week.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

JARRAD BUTLER WILL make his debut when Connacht begin life after Pat Lam this weekend.

New head coach Kieran Keane has included 26-year-old Butler in his starting XV for their Guinness Pro14 clash with Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground [KO 7.35pm, TG4].

The former Australia U20 international back-row forward will play his first competitive game for his new team since signing a three-year contract in the summer after three seasons with the Brumbies.

The Connacht team to face Glasgow includes four current Irish internationals — Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion and Matt Healy — as well as captain John Muldoon, who leads the side in his 15th season with the province.

Connacht:

15. Darragh Leader
14. Cian Kelleher
13. Eoin Griffin
12. Bundee Aki
11. Matt Healy
10. Jack Carty
9. Kieran Marmion

1. Denis Buckley
2. Tom McCartney
3. Finlay Bealham
4. Ultan Dillane
5. James Cannon
6. Eoghan Masterson
7. Jarrad Butler
8. John Muldoon

Replacements:

16. Shane Delahunt
17. Peter McCabe
18. Conor Carey
19. Sean O’Brien
20. Eoin McKeon
21. Conor McKeon
22. Craig Ronaldson
23. Tom Farrell

Glasgow Warriors:

15. Ruaridh Jackson
14. Lelia Masaga
13. Alex Dunbar
12. Sam Johnson
11. Lee Jones
10. Peter Horne
9. Ali Price

1. Jamie Bhatti
2. George Turner
3. Zander Fagerson
4. Tim Swinson
5. Scott Cummings
6. Ryan Wilson (captain)
7. Matt Smith
8. Adam Ashe

Replacements:

16: James Malcolm
17. Oli Kebble
18. Adam Nicol
19. Greg Peterson
20. Matt Fagerson
21. Henry Pyrgos
22. Adam Hastings
23. Leonardo Sarto

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