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McCarthy and Vainkolo start for Connacht against Biarritz

Updated: Thursday, 06 Dec 2012 16:57 | Comments

Mike McCarthy is back in the second row
Mike McCarthy is back in the second row

Eric Elwood has made two changes to his team to face Biarritz in tomorrow's Heineken Cup match at the Sportsground.

Live coverage of Connacht v Biarritz on RTE Radio 1 Extra and LW252 and RTÉ.ie from 7:30pm.

Mike McCarthy come back into the second row where he partners Mick Kearney. Andrew Browne moves to blindside flanker and is joined by Willie Faloon and Eoin McKeon.

The other change to the XV sees Fetu'u Vainkolo replace an injured Gavin Duffy on the left wing.

Dan Parks captains the side, while on the bench hooker Ethienne Reynecke returns to the squad from injury. He joins Denis Buckley and JP Conney as the front row replacements.

Connacht team to face Biarritz, Heineken Cup, Friday 7th December at the Sportsground, 8pm:

15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Tiernan O'Halloran, 13 Danie Poolman, 12 Dave McSharry, 11 Fetu'u Vainikolo, 10 Dan Parks (captain), 9 Kieran Marmion, 1 Brett Wilkinson, 2 Jason Harris-Wright, 3 Ronan Loughney, 4 Mick Kearney, 5 Mike McCarthy, 6 Andrew Browne, 7 Willie Faloon, 8 Eoin McKeon.

Replacements (from): 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Denis Buckley, 18 JP Cooney, 19 Danny Qualter, 20 Johnny O'Connor, 21 Paul O'Donohoe, 22 Miah Nikora, 23 Matthew Jarvis.

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