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Johnny O'Connor to make final Connacht appearance

Updated: Thursday, 02 May 2013 14:42 | Comments

Johnny O'Connor starts in his final game for Connacht against Glasgow
Johnny O'Connor starts in his final game for Connacht against Glasgow

Connacht head coach Eric Elwood will give Johnny O'Connor a fitting farewell as the number 7 starts against Glasgow Warriors in his final game before retiring.

The 33-year-old flanker will retire from rugby after Friday's game, which is his 146th for the province.

O'Connor represents the only personnel change to the forwards from the team who drew to Treviso last weekend. He is joined in the back row by Andrew Browne and Eoin McKeon, who moves to Number 8.

On his return from injury, 22-year-old Eoin Griffin is named at outside centre for the last game of the 2012/13 season.

This change sees the season's record try scorer, Danie Poolman, move on to the right wing.

On the bench, Adrian Flavin is named at replacement hooker and is in line to make his 142nd and final appearance for Connacht - his team for the last seven years.

Connacht currently occupy 8th place in the RaboDirect PRO12 table, and while a win tomorrow night would equal the best ever finish achieved last year, it would also mean a record number of wins in the league to go with a best away record so far.

Connacht team to play Glasgow at the Sportsground, 7.45pm: 
Gavin Duffy, Danie Poolman, Eoin Griffin, Brian Murphy, Fetu'u Vainikolo, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Ethienne Reynecke, Ronan Loughney, Michael Swift, Mike McCarthy, Andrew Browne, Johnny O'Connor, Eoin McKeon

Replacements: Adrian Flavin, Rodney Ah You, JP Cooney, Mick Kearney, John Muldoon, Mata Fifita, Paul O'Donohoe, Miah Nikora

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