Connacht make six changes for trip to Scarlets

Connacht Rugby head coach Pat Lam has made six changes to the starting team ahead of tomorrow evening’s PRO12 game away to Scarlets.

Irish internationals Matt Healy, Kieran Marmion, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane are all brought in to the side that will run out at Parc y Scarlets tomorrow.

Matt Healy start on the wing for Connacht.

Along with Roux, Jake Heenan makes a welcome return from injury and his first appearance of the season.

Dillane starts in the back row for the first time along with Heenan and captain John Muldoon.

Commenting on the team selection and the upcoming game, Pat Lam said:

“With more guys coming back from injury, it’s pleasing to be able to select a bit more experience in our side. Quinn (Roux) and Jake (Heenan) returning is obviously a boost and it helps drive more competition within the squad.

“Although we have never won at Parc y Scarlets before, we are really excited by the challenge to try and create a small bit of history.

“While both teams are obviously determined to get points on the table, our focus remains on the quality of our performance.”

Connacht v Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday September 24, kick off: 7.35pm.

Connacht team: 15. Tiernan O’Halloran, 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Bundee Aki, 12. Eoin Griffin, 11. Matt Healy, 10, Jack Carty, 9. Kieran Marmion; 1. Denis Buckley, 2. Tom McCartney, 3. Finlay Bealham, 4 Quinn Roux, 5. Andrew Browne, 6. Ultan Dillane, 7. Jake Heenan, 8 John Muldoon (capt.).

Replacements: 16. Dave Heffernan, 17. Ronan Loughney, 18. JP Cooney,19. Lewis Stevenson, 20. Eoin McKeon, 21. Caolin Blade, 22. Shane O’Leary, 23. Cian Kelleher.

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