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Danie Poolman set for first Connacht start

Updated: Friday, 02 Nov 2012 14:00 | Comments

Danie Poolman will make his first start for Connacht this Saturday
Danie Poolman will make his first start for Connacht this Saturday

Danie Poolman will make his first start for Connacht after being named at outside centre for the RaboDirect PRO12 encounter with Benetton Treviso this Saturday at The Sportsground, kick-off 5pm.

Poolman is one of six personnel changes to the team that started against Ospreys last weekend, with four of those in the pack.

Denis Buckley returns to the starting XV this week at loosehead prop, while Mike McCarthy, on his release from Irish camp, joins Michael Swift in the second row.

Fit-again flanker Andrew Browne was back to full training this week and joins Johnny O'Connor and Eoin McKeon in the back row.

Connacht XV to play Benetton Treviso, The Sportsground, Galway, Saturday 3 November, kick-off 5pm:

15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Tiernan O'Halloran 13 Danie Poolman 12 Dave McSharry 11 Fetu'u Vainikolo 10 Dan Parks 9 Kieran Marmion 1 Denis Buckley 2 Jason Harris-Wright 3 Nathan White (captain) 4 Michael Swift 5 Mike McCarthy 6 Andrew Browne 7 Johnny O'Connor 8 Eoin McKeon

Replacements: 16 Adrian Flavin 17 Rodney Ah You 18 Ronan Loughney 19 John Muldoon 20 Mick Kearney 21 Dave Moore 22 Miah Nikora 23 Gavin Duffy

The half-back pairing of Kieran Marmion and Dan Parks remains unchanged, while Dave McSharry will start alongside Poolman in midfield.

Robbie Henshaw resumes the full back position for tomorrow's clash while, on the bench, Gavin Duffy makes a welcome return to the squad.

This is Connacht's first home league match since the fantastic 34-6 win over Leinster in September and head coach Eric Elwood is looking for a repeat of that display against Treviso.

He said: "It has become a must-win for us and it is well within our range. We just need to cut out some of the errors and capitalise on the chances we are creating.

"It has been a busy period but there is a break coming up and we need to go into that with a win under our belt."

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