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Pro12 teams: Three Connacht changes
05 Mar 2015 12:12
Connacht head coach Pat Lam has made three personnel changes to his side that will travel to face Cardiff Blues for their Guinness Pro12 clash.
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In what is another big game for the Westerners in the race for a top six place, Mils Muliaina returns to the fray and will start at full back.
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Mick Kearney is promoted to the starting lineup and joins Aly Muldowney in the second row while George Naoupu at Number 8 represents the other change to the pack.
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Tiernan O'Halloran, who claimed the opening try in last week's 53-5 thumping of Treviso shifts to the right wing.
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Elsewhere Darragh Leader returns from injury to take his place on the bench and his fellow Galway-born team mate Andrew Browne is included amongst the replacement forwards.
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The games are coming thick and fast for Connacht and Lam is happy to have the depth in his squad to cope with the race for European rugby.
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"With another physical challenge away from home, it's great to be able to bring in fresh legs up front with Mick (Kearney), George (Naoupu) and Andrew (Browne) in addition to the leadership and experience from Mils (Muliaina) out the back," he said.
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"Like every game from now until the end of the season, four points against Cardiff is massively important in the context of our ultimate goal.
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"Challenges we face this week such as a short five-day turnaround, long travel, and 4G pitch were all identified early on and we tailored our preparation accordingly.
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"We know how dangerous Cardiff can be, especially at home. They had a fantastic win against Edinburgh last weekend, playing more of an expansive game and stretching the defence to score some quality tries. Once again, we will need to perform as a team to secure the desired outcome that will leave us in a strong position before the break."
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Connacht team: Mils Muliaina, Tiernan O'Halloran, Danie Poolman, Dave McSharry, Matt Healy, Craig Ronaldson, John Cooney, Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Rodney Ah You, Mick Kearney, Aly Muldowney, John Muldoon, Jake Heenan, George Naoupu
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