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Connacht XV to face Cardiff Blues

Guinness PRO12 Editor

9 Feb 2012

Connacht Rugby have announced the starting XV that will face the Cardiff Blues this Friday (Cardiff Arms Park – kick-off 19.30)

With the return to action following a welcome 2 week break Connacht's selectors were still hampered by the non-availability of a number of players. Andrew Browne (Achilles), Eoin Griffin (hamstring), Johnny O'Connor (facial fracture), Rodney Ah You (foot) and Frank Murphy (groin) are still not in contention, though many hope to be available for selection next week. This will not worry Head Coach Eric Elwood however as there is only 1 change to the starting line-up from the team that beat Harlequins 2 weeks ago with Dave McSharry recovering from a shoulder injury to replace Henry Fa'afili at inside centre.

That winning formula sees a hugely experienced pack backed up by a youthful and dynamic backline marshalled by captain Gavin Duffy

Connacht XV to face Harlequins (Cardiff Arms Park, Friday 10th February kick-off 19.30)

15 Gavin Duffy (C)
14 Fetu'u Vainikolo
13 Kyle Tonetti
12 Dave McSharry
11 Tiernan O'Halloran
10 Niall O'Connor
09 Paul O'Donohoe
01 Brett Wilkinson
02 Adrian Flavin
03 Ronan Loughney
04 Michael Swift
05 Mike McCarthy
06 John Muldoon
07 Ray Ofisa
08 George Naoupu

16 Ethienne Reynecke
17 Denis Buckley
18 Stewart Maguire
19 Dave Gannon
20 Mick Kearney
21 Dave Moore
22 Matthew Jarvis
23 Henry Fa'afili