Connacht XV to face Edinburgh

Guinness PRO12 Editor

15 Sep 2011

Connacht Rugby have announced the team that will face Edinburgh this Friday night (Murrayfield, ko 19.30)

With just 2 changes to the starting XV and 1 on the bench the squad remains largely similar to that which has won their first 2 games of the RaboDirect PRO12.

Ethienne Reynecke starts at hooker with Adrian Flavin moving to the bench and Johnny O’Connor replaces Ray Ofisa at openside. Ray will take the place of TJ Anderson on the bench while Dylan Rogers replaces Stewart Maguire as the replacement tighthead prop.

Michael “Swifty” Swift will become the 1st Connacht player to reach 200 caps this weekend. The 6’5”, 119kg second row joined Connacht in 2000, holds the highest number of caps in the European Challenge Cup (62) and is just 5 caps short of Cardiff Blues’ Deiniol Jones (135) who has the record number of league caps.

Connacht head to Murrayfield having never beaten Edinburgh there and Eric Elwood knows the challenge that awaits them:

“He (Michael Bradley) knows the lads inside out as he knows me and he knows what we are capable of. He knows our weaknesses and I think he might have a couple of surprises up his sleeves, but we would like to think we might have a couple of our own,”

“They will be under pressure, but we’ve never won in Murrayfield and we are going there to try and rectify that”

Connacht Rugby head to the Scottish capital with 2 wins from 2 giving them the best start to their league campaign since 2002 and with 8 points from 2 matches lie in 5th place in the table.

Connacht XV to face Edinburgh (Murrayfield – Friday 16th September ko 19.30)

15 Gavin Duffy ©
14 Mark McCrea
13 Eoin Griffin
12 Henry Fa’afili
11 Tiernan O’Halloran
10 Matthew Jarvis
9 Frank Murphy
1 Ronan Loughney
2 Ethienne Reynecke
3 Rodney Ah You
4 Michael Swift
5 Mike McCarthy
6 John Muldoon
7 Johnny O’Connor
8 George Naoupu

16 Adrian Flavin
17 Brett Wilkinson
18 Dylan Rogers
19 Dave Gannon
20 Ray Ofisa
21 Paul O’Donohoe
22 Niall O’Connor
23 Brian Tuohy