Vainikolo and McCarthy return, as Connacht prepare for Dragons clash

Meanwhile, George Naoupu will revert to his regular Number 8 position in the back row.

McCarthy will return this weekend for Connacht.
McCarthy will return this weekend for Connacht.

CONNACHT HAVE MADE two changes to the side that lost to Leinster last Saturday for this weekend’s RaboDirect PRO12 game against Newport Gwent Dragons, with Fetu’u Vainikolo and Mike McCarthy coming into the team.

Vainikolo returns from injury, joining Robbie Henshaw and Danie Poolman in the back three, while McCarthy partners Michael Swift in the second row.

George Naoupu reverts to his regular Number 8 position in the back row, and Eoin McKeon is moved to Openside flanker.

The match, which will not be televised, takes place at the Sportsground this Saturday at 5pm, and tickets are still available from the Connacht Rugby branch and

Connacht XV v Dragons:

15. Robbie Henshaw 14. Danie Poolman 13. Eoin Griffin 12. Dave McSharry 11. Fetu’u Vainikolo 10. Dan Parks 9. Kieran Marmion 1. Denis Buckley 2. Jason Harris-Wright 3. Nathan White (captain) 4. Michael Swift  5. Mike McCarthy 6. Andrew Browne 7. Eoin McKeon 8. George Naoupu Replacements (from): 16. Ethienne Reynecke 17. Brett Wilkinson 18. Ronan Loughney 19. Mick Kearney 20. Eoghan Grace 21. Paul O’Donohoe 22. Matthew Jarvis 23. Tiernan O’Halloran.

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