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Connacht make four changes for Cardiff clash

Updated: Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 12:53 | Comments

Gavin Duffy will line out for Connacht against Cardiff
Gavin Duffy will line out for Connacht against Cardiff

Connacht head coach Eric Elwood's has made four changes to his team to travel to Arms Park for the Friday night RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Cardiff.  

While Robbie Henshaw remains in Ireland camp, fit-again skipper Gavin Duffy, who earned his 150th Connacht cap last week, will start at full back tomorrow.

Fetu'u Vainikolo is named on the wing, replacing Tiernan O'Halloran who suffered a knee injury against Ospreys.

With centres Dave McSharry (groin) and Kyle Tonetti (shoulder) both unavailable, 27-year-old Brian Murphy will start at Inside Centre. Galway-born Murphy joined Connacht last summer from Ulster Bank All Ireland League club side Galwegians.

Meanwhile, there is just one change up front with Andrew Browne replacing Mick Kearney in the second row.

Recent returnee from injury Denis Buckley is named on the bench as well as replacement back rower TJ Anderson.

Connacht team to play Cardiff: Gavin Duffy, Danie Poolman, Eoin Griffin, Brian Murphy, Fetu'u Vainikolo, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Jason Harris-Wright, Nathan White,  Michael Swift, Andrew Browne, John Muldoon, Willie Faloon, Eoin McKeon

Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Denis Buckley, Ronan Loughney, Mick Kearney, TJ Anderson, Paul O'Donohoe, Miah Nikora, Matthew Jarvis

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