Friday, March 05, 2021

CARLOW’S Tom Daly will partner Bundee Aki in Connacht’s midfield in tonight’s crucial Guinness Pro14 tie in Thomand Park against Munster at 7.35pm.

Tom Daly in training with Connacht this week ahead of Friday night’s game against Munster
Photo: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Aki, along with Dave Heffernan and Ultan Dillane are named in the name by Andy Friend after being released from the Irish Six Nations squad

That trio are part of an experienced line up, nine of the starting XV have made over 100 appearances for Connacht, Daly makes his 41st appearance.

Speaking ahead of the game, Head Coach Andy Friend said that Connacht are focused on getting the win they need to fulfil their ambitions, as they look to extend a club record of five successive away wins.

“We know exactly what we need to do in Limerick. There has been barely any talk of securing Champions Cup qualification because our first objective has always been 1st place in the Conference B, so all our focus since last weekend has been on getting a win that gives us that fighting chance of a final spot,” Friend told www.connachtrugby.ie.

Regarding his team selection, Friend added:

“Thankfully we haven’t picked up any major injury worries in our last two games so we’ve a pretty healthy squad apart from our long-term absentees. We’ve named a very experienced starting XV but we’ve made sure to also reward those who showed good form in our last few games. Overall we’re in a positive place and we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”

CONNACHT MATCHDAY 23 VS MUNSTER RUGBY

Name/Number/Caps
15. Tiernan O’Halloran (189)
14. John Porch (33)
13. Tom Daly (40)
12. Bundee Aki (108)
11. Matt Healy (145)
10. Jack Carty (151)
9. Caolin Blade (124)
1. Denis Buckley (194)
2. Dave Heffernan (138)
3. Finlay Bealham (152)
4. Ultan Dillane (108)
5. Gavin Thornbury (52)
6. Jarrad Butler (68) (C)
7. Conor Oliver (14)
8. Paul Boyle (52)

Replacements
16. Shane Delahunt (92)
17. Matthew Burke (19)
18. Jack Aungier (11)
19. Niall Murray (11)
20. Eoghan Masterson (104)
21. Kieran Marmion (178)
22. Sean O’Brien (Acad) (4)
23. Alex Wootton (15)

The game kicks off on Friday evening at 7.35pm.

 

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