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Connacht make four changes for Saracens showdown

Updated: Friday, 17 Jan 2014 13:15 | Comments

Gavin Duffy also returns to the back line this week, starting at full-back Connacht lost the reverse fixture with Saracens 23-17
Gavin Duffy also returns to the back line this week, starting at full-back Connacht lost the reverse fixture with Saracens 23-17

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Connacht have made four changes to their starting XV for the Heineken Cup trip to Saracens.

Dan Parks has been named in the number 10 jersey for Saturday’s Allianz Park tie (1.35pm).

Mayo-born Gavin Duffy also returns to the back line this week, starting at full-back.

The second row partnership of Connacht's highest-capped player, Michael Swift, and captain Craig Clarke returns this week to boost the pack.

There is a reshuffle in the back row with John Muldoon moving to Number 8 in place of the injured Eoin McKeon.

Andrew Brown slots in to blindside flanker while Jake Heenan remains on the openside.

Connacht still have a mathematical chance of qualification for the last eight but a win would guarantee them a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Winger Matt Healy said they can’t look beyond getting a result: “We’re looking to win, that’s outright, that has to be everyone’s attitude going into the game.

“When we look at the last game we played earlier in the season against Saracens, we were disappointed to lose by a couple of points so we’re definitely looking to win. Confidence is pretty quietly high so we’re looking forward to it.”

Connacht: Gavin Duffy, Fionn Carr, Robbie Henshaw, Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion; Brett Wilkinson, Sean Henry, Nathan White, Michael Swift, Craig Clarke (c), Andrew Browne, Jake Heenan, John Muldoon,

Replacements: Jason Harris-Wright, Denis Buckley, Rodney Ah You, Mick Kearney, George Naoupu, Paul O'Donohoe, Darragh Leader, Tiernan O'Halloran. 

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