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  • Connacht have been boosted by the return of Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Tom Farrell and Caolin Blade from international duty and are named in the Connacht squad to play Ospreys in the Sportsground on Saturday.

    Dillane and Roux continue their second row partnership that started the Six Nations game against Italy last weekend. They join a front five that includes props Denis Buckley and Finlay Bealham with Shane Delahunt coming in at hooker.

    The back row remains unchanged from the game against Glasgow, with captain Jarrad Butler starting at number 8 and Eoin McKeon and Colby Fainga'a at blindside and openside respectively.

    Kieran Marmion starts his second game in a row at scrum half after returning from injury. He forms a half back partnership with Kyle Godwin who comes in at out half.

    In the midfield Peter Robb gets his first start of the season after impressing off the bench last time out. He is joined in the centre by the returning Tom Farrell.

    The back three is unchanged with Stephen Fitzgerald and Matt Healy on the wings and Tiernan O'Halloran at full back.

    With Connacht sitting three points ahead of Ospreys in Conference A of the PRO14, Head Coach Andy Friend knows how important a home win could prove against their conference rivals; "We have trained well and prepared well this week. We have seen a really positive response from the players after a disappointing result last weekend in Glasgow. We will continue to focus on our game and what we can control, as we have done all season. We know every game now is a must win and with a two week break before our next game we are determined to finish this block on a high", Friend said.

    Commenting on his team selection, he added: "We are boosted by four of our players coming back from international duty. They bring a huge amount of experience to our match day squad", he added.

     

    Kick-off 2:45pm:

    (15-9) Tiernan O'Halloran, Stephen Fitzgerald, Tom Farrell, Peter Robb, Matt Healy, Kyle Godwin, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux, Ultan Dillane, Eoin McKeon, Colby Fainga'a, Jarrad Butler (Capt).

    Replacements (16-23): Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, James Cannon, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, Tom Daly, Cian Kelleher.

  • The Connacht Eagles make the trip to Ospreys in the Celtic Cup on Saturday.

    After defeating dragons in the Showgrounds last Friday in the opening round, the Connacht young guns will hope to continue that form into Saturday’s away clash.

    Kick-off in Bridgend is at 12 noon on Saturday.

  • The Connacht Eagles team has been named for tomorrow’s Celtic Cup clash with Ospreys A in Bridgend, Wales.

    Head Coach Mossy Lawler has made four changes from the side that beat Dragons A last weekend, with Cillian Gallagher captaining the side from the back row.

    Three changes are in the pack where there's starts for Rory Burke and Ireland U20 Grand Slam winner Dylan Tierney-Martin in the front row, while Cormac Daly is named in the second row alongside Niall Murray.

    Aran Hehir comes in to the side at scrum-half.

    Kick-off at Morganstone Brewery Field is at 12pm tomorrow.

  • Connacht have recalled Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion for their game against the Ospreys in Wales tonight.

    Quinn Roux and Finlay Bealham also start.

    Connacht are coming off the back of victories against the Scarlets and Ulster in two of their last three games in the Guinness Pro14 and will look to continue the impetus from those results, given the side that they have brought to Wales.

    Kick-off is at 8.05pm tonight.

  • Ireland international scrum half Kieran Marmion has returned to the Connacht side to face the Ospreys at the Brewery Field, Bridgend on Friday (Kick off 8:05pm). His return sees him renew his half back partnership with Jack Carty who is back in the starting team after being rested for the trip to Sale last weekend.

    Bundee Aki also returns to the midfield alongside Tom Farrell. They are part of a back line that includes Tiernan O’Halloran at full back and Niyi Adeolokun and Cian Kelleher on the wings.

    In the forwards, Finlay Bealham who was named in the Ireland squad yesterday, starts at tight head. He is joined in the front row by loosehead Denis Buckley and hooker Tom McCartney. Behind them in the scrum will be Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane.

    Sean O’Brien returns from injury and is named in the back row with Captain Jarrad Butler at openside and 21 year old Paul Boyle at number 8.

     

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    Connacht will welcome a number of players back from injury for Friday's Pro 14 meeting with the Ospreys.

    Finlay Bealham, Craig Ronaldson, Sean O'Brien, Andrew Browne and Steve Crosbie are among those available to Kieran Keane again.

    Meanwhile, the province say winger Niyi Adeolokun is making good progress with his hamstring injury and could return later this month.

  • Quinn Roux's another that has been released from international duty, and he's on the bench for Connacht's meeting with the Ospreys in the Pro 14.

    Second row Andrew Browne finally returns from an Achilles to make his first appearance of the season.

    While James Cannon and out-half Craig Ronaldson are also restored to the Connacht side.