Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Carlow’s Tom Daly and Charlie Ward are both in the squad for Connacht’s first pre-season friendly of the new season away to Castres this evening (k/o 7pm Irish time).

Tom Daly will captain Connacht in tonight’s pre-season friendly away to Castres
Photo: ©INPHO/Christiaan Kotze

Daly will captain the team in his usual centre position and he is partnered in midfield by Byron Ralston, one of five newcomers in the starting XV. Former Leinster and Ireland winger Adam Byrne is also included along with Grant Stewart, Shamus Hurley-Langton and David Hawkshaw.

Ward is named among the replacements.

Elsehwere, Ciaran Booth and Hurley-Langton are selected at blindside and openside respectively with Sean Masterson at number 8. Niall Murray and Oisín Dowling are paired together in the second row, and the squad is completed by props Denis Buckley and Dominic Robertson-McCoy.


Wednesday 24 August at Stade de la Chevaliére, Mazamet (k/o 7pm Irish time)


  1. Oran McNulty
  2. Adam Byrne
  3. Byron Ralston
  4. Tom Daly (c)
  5. Alex Wootton
  6. David Hawkshaw
  7. Caolin Blade
  8. Denis Buckley
  9. Grant Stewart
  10. Dominic Robertson-McCoy
  11. Niall Murray
  12. Oisín Dowling
  13. Ciaran Booth
  14. Shamus Hurley-Langton
  15. Seán Masterson


  1. Eoin de Buitléar
  2. Matthew Burke
  3. Sam Illo
  4. Darragh Murray
  5. Oisín McCormack
  6. Colm Reilly
  7. Shane Jennings
  8. Josh O’Connor
  9. Charlie Ward
  10. Bart Vermeulen
  11. Donnacha Byrne

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