Henshaw returns for Connacht

Robbie Henshaw returns to provincial duty and is one of three changes Connacht boss Eric Elwood has made to his starting XV for tomorrow night’s clash with the Ospreys at the Sportsground (7.45pm).

The 19-year-old was instrumental in the U20's dramatic one-point Six Nations victory over England in his home town of Athlone.

Tiernan O’Halloran, who covered the full back position last week, now returns to the right wing.

Danie Poolman replaces Fetu’u Vainikolo on the left wing, completing the youthful back three.

A strong performance against Scarlets on his first game back from injury sees Kyle Tonetti retain the number 12 shirt. He joins up with Eoin Griffin again in the centre.

Meanwhile, the front five in the pack remains unchanged with Nathan While captaining the side tomorrow.

Recent returnees John Muldoon and Willie Faloon were brought off the bench in Wales last Friday night.

This week, they both start in the back row, replacing Andrew Browne and Johnny O’Connor respectively.

Gavin Duffy is named on the bench and could make his 150th Connacht appearance at the Sportsground tomorrow night.

CONNACHT (v Ospreys): R Henshaw; T O’Halloran, E Grifin, K Tonetti, D Poolman; D Parks, K Marmion; B Wilkiunson, J Harris-Wright, N White (capt); M Swift, M Kearney; J Muldoon, W Faloon, E McKeon.

Replacements: E Reynecke, R Ah You, R Loughney, A Browne, J O’Connor, P O’Donohoe, M Nikora, G Duffy.


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