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Connacht return for Swift and Rogers

Updated: Friday, 06 Jan 2012 13:01

Dylan Rogers
Dylan Rogers

The Connacht team to face Aironi in the RaboDirect Pro12 on Saturday sees the return of Michael Swift and versatile prop Dylan Rogers to the side.

Both players take their places in the pack as the province aim to end an unwanted losing sequence.

Swift is Connacht's most capped player with 207 caps over 11 seasons. He has recently penned a contract extension that will see him remain at the club until at least the end of the 2012/13 campaign and marks his return to the starting line-up following a two week break with a knee injury.

Dylan Rogers replaces the injured Ronan Loughney at tighthead. The 27-year-old South African born prop can play at either side of the scrum and earned the call-up after impressing from the bench in last weekend's narrow loss to Leinster.

Frank Murphy earns the starting berth at scrumhalf ahead of Paul O'Donohoe and Dave McSharry returns to centre following a week's lay-off while a nasty chin injury healed. 21 year old McSharry, who recently penned a two-year contract, has been ever-present in the squad since earning his 1st cap against Ulster earlier this season.

Fetu'u Vainikolo returns to the right wing replacing the injured Brian Tuohy. Tuohy underwent surgery earlier this week to repair a broken leg sustained in the New Year's Day derby against Leinster and looks set to miss most of the remainder of the season.

Connacht XV to play Aironi in Viadana in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday 7 January, kick-off 4.35pm.

15: Gavin Duffy (capt)
14: Fetu'u Vainikolo
13: Kyle Tonetti
12: Dave McSharrym
11: Tiernan O'Halloran
10: Mattew Jarvis
9: Frank Murphy
1: Brett Wilkinson
2: Adrian Flavin
3: Dylan Rogers
4: Michael Swift
5: Mike McCarthy
6: Mick Kearney
7: John Muldoon
8: George Naoupu

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Ethienne Reynecke
17: Denis Buckley
18: Stewart Maguire
19: Eoin McKeon
20: Ray Ofisa
21: Paul O'Donohoe
22: Niall O'Connor
23: Henry Fa'afili

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