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Elwood makes two changes for Glasgow tie

Updated: Friday, 17 Feb 2012 12:38

Eoghan Grace will start at openside flanker for Connacht
Eoghan Grace will start at openside flanker for Connacht

Connacht head coach Eric Elwood has made two changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s meeting with Glasgow at The Sportsground.

Flanker Ray Ofisa is unavailable for selection with a knee injury, which he sustained in Connacht’s bonus-point loss to the Cardiff Blues. Eoghan Grace claims the number seven jersey in his absence.

In the centre, Henry Fa'afili comes into the side in place of Dave McSharry and Eoin Griffin is included on the bench.

Grace earned his first Connacht cap against Ulster in Ravenhill this season after joining Connacht from the Exeter Chiefs last summer.

Though Grace has been missing for large parts of the season through injury, he has impressed selectors with his performances for Buccaneers in recent weeks.

Speaking about his call-up, Grace said: "I'm delighted to be selected; it's been a real rollercoaster of a year so to be given the opportunity to start in front of the home crowd is a huge boost.

“I had a good run at it up in Ulster and it was a huge experience, but I'm really looking forward to the Sportsground crowd this weekend.

“I'm just looking forward to getting stuck in and doing my best, we know what's ahead of us, but we also know that past results have gone our way so there's a bit of confidence in the squad."

Connacht v Glasgow, RaboDirect PRO12, Saturday 18 February, The Sportsground, kick-off 5.30pm:

15 Gavin Duffy (captain) 14 Fetu'u Vainikolo 13 Kyle Tonetti 12 Dave McSharry 11 Tiernan O'Halloran 10 Niall O'Connor 9 Paul O'Donohoe 1 Brett Wilkinson 2 Adrian Flavin 3 Ronan Loughney 4 Michael Swift 5 Mike McCarthy 6 John Muldoon 7 Eoghan Grace 8 George Naoupu

Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke 17 Denis Buckley 18 Stewart Maguire 19 Dave Gannon 20 Mick Kearney 21 Dave Moore 22 Matthew Jarvis 23 Henry Fa'afili

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