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Connacht make changes in the pack

Updated: Friday, 29 Mar 2013 15:34 | Comments

Ronan Loughney starts for Connacht against Benetton Treviso
Ronan Loughney starts for Connacht against Benetton Treviso

The Connacht team to play Benetton Treviso in the RaboDirect PRO 12 tomorrow shows four changes in the pack to the side that met Munster last weekend.

Jason Harris-Wright suffered a calf muscle strain during last weekend's interprovincial clash at Musgrave Park and is out of action this week as a result. Adrian Flavin is named at Hooker for tomorrow's fixture, earning his 140th cap for Connacht.

Ronan Loughney comes into the front row in place of Nathan White who moves to the bench.

The second row is made up of Mick Kearney and Ireland international Mike McCarthy, who returns to the starting XV this weekend.

There's a reshuffle in the back row with John Muldoon returning to his more familiar Blindside Flanker position. Willie Faloon, who picked up a slight ankle injury this week in training, is replaced by Galway-born Eoin McKeon at number 7. George Naoupu starts at Number 8.

On the bench, Dave Heffernan is named amongst the forwards' replacements.

The 22-year-old, Ballina-man who recently signed a development contract that sees him progress to the senior squad next season, earned his first senior cap against Scarlets this time last year.

Connacht XV to play Benetton Treviso: Robbie Henshaw, Danie Poolman, Eoin Griffin, Brian Murphy, Gavin Duffy, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Adrian Flavin, Ronan Loughney, Mick Kearney, Mick McCarthy, John Muldoon,  Eoin McKeon, George Naoupu

Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Denis Buckley, Nathan White, Andrew Browne, Dave Heffernan, Paul O'Donohoe, Miah Nikora, Fetu'u Vainikolo

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