Connacht Rugby have announced the team that will face Gloucester on Saturday.
Lock Mike McCarthy returns from suspension to replace the injured Michael Swift in the second-row in the teams only change from last week’s defeat to Treviso.
He will be partnered by George Naoupu whilst the athletic backrow of Dave Gannon, John Muldoon and Ray Ofisa will continue the hard graft of the loose forwards. An uncompromising front row of Brett Wilkinson, Ethienne Reynecke and Ronan Loughney complete the pack.
Frank Murphy and Niall O’Connor resume their halfback partnership while Head Coach Eric Elwood shows faith in last week’s backs naming an unchanged backline with Dave McSharry and Kyle Tonetti in the centre and Mark McCrea, Tiernan O’Halloran and captain Gavin Duffy making up the back three.
Connacht XV to face Gloucester (Saturday 10th December, The Sportsground, Galway kick-off 13.30)
(15-9) Gavin Duffy (C), Mark McCrea, Kyle Tonetti, Dave McSharry, Tiernan O’Halloran, Niall O’Connor, Frank Murphy.
(1-8) Brett Wilkinson, Ethienne Reynecke, Ronan Loughney, Mike McCarthy, George Naoupu, Dave Gannon, John Muldoon, Ray Ofisa
(16-23) Adrian Flavin, Denis Buckley, Rodney Ah You, Mick Kearney, Eoin McKeon, Paul O’Donohoe, Matthew Jarvis, Fetu’u Vainikolo