Denis Buckley Connacht Rugby

Rossies named in Connacht Rugby team for crucial play-off

Denis Buckley Connacht Rugby

Picture Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Ireland internationals Niyi Adeolokun, Ultan Dillane and Matt Healy have all returned from injury to feature in the Connacht Rugby squad for tomorrow’s Champions Cup play-off semi-final clash with Northampton Saints.

Overall Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam has made seven personnel changes for the knockout game in Franklin’s Gardens.
Niyi Adeolokun starts on the right wing while Danie Poolman moves in to partner Craig Ronaldson for a rare start in the centres.

Dave Heffernan and Finlay Bealham are both promoted to the front row in a week that also saw them named in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for the Summer Tour. They will line up beside Roscommon town’s Denis Buckley.

Sean O’Brien and Jake Heenan start in the back row with captain John Muldoon at number 8. Ruled out through injury since February, Dillane and Healy are both in line to make an appearance from the bench tomorrow.

Commenting on tomorrow’s game, head coach Pat Lam said:

“Everything over the past few weeks has been geared towards this game. We know we haven’t been anywhere near our best in the last few matches and that’s been a big disappointment for us as a team. We’ve had a very positive week on and off the training pitch but we all know that the eighty plus minutes from 4pm tomorrow is when it needs to count.”

The Connacht Rugby team in full to face Northampton Saints is as follows:

15 Tiernan O’Halloran
14 Niyi Adeolokun
13 Danie Poolman
12 Craig Ronaldson
11 Cian Kelleher
10 Jack Carty
9 Kieran Marmion

1 Denis Buckley
2 Dave Heffernan
3 Finlay Bealham
4 Quinn Roux
5 Andrew Browne
6 Sean O’Brien
7 Jake Heenan
8 John Muldoon (Captain)

16 Shane Delahunt
17 JP Cooney
18 Conor Carey
19 Ultan Dillane
20 Naulia Dawai
21 Caolin Blade
22 John Cooney
23 Matt Healy

Kick off, at Franklin’s Gardens, is at 4pm and the game is live on TG4.