Connacht Rugby

Buckley and Carty in Connacht Rugby team to face Scarlets

Connacht Rugby

Team Updated on Saturday at 6:45pm

Connacht Rugby head Coach Pat Lam has made six changes to the starting team ahead of tomorrow evening’s Guinness PRO12 Round 4 game away to Scarlets.

Picture Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Roscommon’s Denis Buckley and Jack Carty will be joined by a host of returning players. 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. 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.”

Kick Off at Parc y Scarlets is 7.35pm and the match is live on TG4/S4C

The Connacht Rugby Squad in full is:

15 Tiernan O’Halloran (103)
14 Niyi Adeolokun (34)
13 Bundee Aki (43)
12 Eoin Griffin (73)
11 Matt Healy (75)
10 Jack Carty (56)
9 Kieran Marmion (104)

1 Denis Buckley (97)
2 Tom McCartney (46)
3 Finlay Bealham (59)
4 Quinn Roux (33)
5 Andrew Browne (144) – thigh injury, Ultan Dillane moves up. Eoin McKeon comes in.
6 Ultan Dillane (29)
7 Jake Heenan (34)
8 John Muldoon (captain) (277)

16 Dave Heffernan (59)
17 Ronan Loughney (185)
18 JP Cooney (30)
19 Lewis Stevenson (2)
20 Eoin McKeon (87)
21 Caolin Blade (22)
22 Shane O’Leary (16)
23 Cian Kelleher (1)

Connolly is promoted to the Bench