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Heenan resumes place in Connacht XV

Updated: Friday, 10 Jan 2014 14:12 | Comments

Jake Heenan is named at number seven for Connacht
Jake Heenan is named at number seven for Connacht

Jake Heenan, who missed out on the last two games due to injury makes his Connacht return for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with Zebre at the Sportsground.

Heenan will start in the back row.

John Muldoon returns to his regular position of blindside flanker, having covered the openside in Heenan's absence. The Portumna-born forward will also captain the side this week after Craig Clarke was ruled out with a neck injury sustained at the Sportsground last time out.

In the New Zealander's place, Andrew Browne slots into the second row to partner Mick Kearney.

In the front row, Sligo-born hooker Sean Henry, whose last game was against Toulouse in the home Heineken Cup clash, has returned from injury to start tomorrow.

The same all Irish qualified backline that started against Leinster is selected to face Zebre, with Kieran Marmion at scrumhalf, Jack Carty at outhalf, Eoin Griffin and Robbie Henshaw in midfield, and Matt Healy, Fionn Carr and Darragh Leader in the back three.

Gavin Duffy is named on the replacements bench.

Connacht: Darragh Leader; Fionn Carr, Robbie Henshaw, Eoin Griffinm, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Brett Wilkinson, Sean Henry, Nathan White, Mick Kearney,   Andrew Browne, John Muldoon (captain), Jake Heenan, Eoin McKeon, 

Replacements: Jason Harris-Wright, Denis Buckley, Rodney Ah You, Michael Swift, George Naoupu, Paul O'Donohoe, Dan Parks, Gavin Duffy 

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