Connacht team to face Leinster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

28 Dec 2012

Connacht Rugby have announced their team to face Leinster tomorrow for the second instalment of their back-to-back interprovincial campaign. Round 12 of the RaboDirect PRO12 league takes place at the RDS with a kick off time of 19:45.

Head Coach Eric Elwood has made four personnel changes to the starting XV as Connacht pursue a season double over the European champions after defeating them 34-6 at the Sportsground in September.

Tomorrow's line-up sees winger Matt Healy earn his first start and cap for the province. The 23-year-old joined Connacht this season and has made a notable impression with the Connacht Eagles whilst competing in the British & Irish cup.

Danie Poolman moves to the right wing and makes way for Eoin Griffin who resumes his centre partnership with Dave McSharry.

In the pack, Denis Buckley is named in the front row alongside Jason Harris-Wright and Nathan White, who captains the side tomorrow. Michael Swift, who returned from injury last week and came off the bench against Munster, will partner George Naoupu in the second row.

Connacht XV

15. Robbie Henshaw

14. Danie Poolman

13. Eoin Griffin

12. Dave McSharry

11. Matt Healy

10. Dan Parks

9. Kieran Marmion


1. Denis Buckley

2. Jason Harris-Wright

3. Nathan White (captain)

4. Michael Swift

5. George Naoupu

6. Andrew Browne

7. Johnny O'Connor

8. Eoin McKeon

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

At RDS Dublin, 7.45pm.
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU, 22nd competition game)
Assistant Referees: Leo Colgan, Mark Patton (both IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Dennis Templeton (IRFU)
TMO: Jude Quinn (IRFU)

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