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Connacht head abroad to take on the Glaws again, this time in Kingsholm. They will be disappointed with last week, and will look to take the game to the home team.




Starting XV:


Starting XV


15 Gavin Duffy (C)

14 Mark McCrea

13 Eoin Griffin

12 Dave McSharry

11 Tiernan O'Halloran

10 Niall O'Connor

09 Frank Murphy

01 Brett Wilkinson

02 Ethienne Reynecke

03 Ronan Loughney

04 George Naoupu

05 Mike McCarthy

06 Dave Gannon

07 Johnny O'Connor

08 John Muldoon

16 Adrian Flavin

17 Dylan Rogers

18 Rodney Ah You

19 Mick Kearney

20 Eoin McKeon

21 Paul O'Donohoe

22 Matthew Jarvis

23 Kyle Tonetti

15 Olly Morgan

14 Charlie Sharples

13 Mike Tindall

12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu

11 James Simpson-Daniel

10 Tim Taylor

09 Nick Runciman

08 Luke Narraway

07 Andy Hazell

06 Brett Deacon

05 Jim Hamilton

04 Peter Buxton

03 Rupert Harden

02 Scott Lawson

01 Dan Murphy.

16 Matias Cortese

17 Nick Wood

18 Shaun Knight

19 Will James

20 Akapusi Qera

21 Rory Lawson

22 Freddie Burns

23 Jonny May



Eric is showing steadfast faith in Niall O'Connor, who riled most fans in last weeks match against Gloucester by putting in a speculative up and under in the dying moments of the game. Is it stubborn pride on the behalf of the Connacht coach or does Eric see something in the Ulster out-half that us fans are yet to notice. The hope obviously is that it is the latter. Jarvis takes a spot on the bench with Nikora out of the coaches plans this week.

With Griffen recovered Tonetti drops to the bench and seems to be providing cover across the back-line with O'Donohoe the last back included there. Johnny O'Connor make a very welcome return to the back row and McKeon, whose superb first cap last week, earned him plaudits among the Clan provides cover from the bench. An impressive display from Loughs sees him retain his starting position this week for a total of 7 Connacht natives starting, and only 4 NIQ players in the match-day 23.

Connacht will need to front up up front in this match though, as two of their front rows are returning for this match having missed the Galway fixture. Tindell is going to be returning as well but so what? Griffen and McSharry were defensively able for Jauzion and Clerc, so the dwarf-tosser should not pose any more of a risk than they. Our worries defensively are seemingly along the wings and in the 9-10 channel. Hopefully the older heads of Mul of Concrete will be able to provide some extra nous there.

For those of you travelling to the match Teague's Bar seems to be the designated gathering point for the Clan. For those of you in Galway city for the match you are all encouraged to come along to Bukser Browne's for the match. The Connacht Clan will have a quiz and spot prizes, and you'll be able to watch the match on the biggest screen in Galway, in a great atmosphere.

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