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Brett Wilkinson and Ronan Loughney return for Connacht's trip to Ulster

Updated: Thursday, 04 Oct 2012 13:42 | Comments

Brett Wilkinson and Ronan Loughney return to Connacht's starting XV
Brett Wilkinson and Ronan Loughney return to Connacht's starting XV

Head coach Eric Elwood has made four changes to Connacht’s starting XV for their visit to Ulster on Friday night (kick-off 7.05pm).

Following the side's victory over Leinster last week, Denis Buckley makes way for Brett Wilkinson at loose-head prop while Ronan Loughney, a recent call-up to the Irish training squad, returns to the tight-head prop position.

Elsewhere in the pack, Dave Gannon replaces Eoin McKeon as blindside flanker. Gannon is joined in the back row by former Ulster flanker Willie Faloon, who captains the side.

There are no changes to the backs with Dan Parks making his second appearance for the province at out-half.

Connacht XV v Ulster, Friday 5 October

(15-9) Robbie Henshaw, Tiernan O'Halloran, Eoin Griffin, Dave McSharry, Fetu'u Vainikolo, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion. (1-8) Brett Wilkinson, Adrian Flavin, Ronan Loughney, Michael Swift, Mike McCarthy, Dave Gannon, Willie Faloon (c), George Naoupu

Replacements (16-23): Jason Harris-Wright, Denis Buckley, Nathan White, John Muldoon, Johnny O'Connor, Dave Moore,Miah Nikora, Mata Fifita. 

The match will be screened live on RTÉ Two and www.rte.ie/sport (IoI).

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