Connacht boss Pat Lam rings the changes in his team selection for their Challenge Cup game with Brive at the Sportsground, less than a week after a 7,500km round trip to Siberia.

Lam has made 13 frontline changes from the team that started in Connacht's 31-14 victory over Enisei-STM last weekend.

However, 13 of the 23-man match day squad required to tog out on Saturday made the seven-day round trip to Russia last week.

Bundee Aki and last week's try scorer Rory Parata are retained in the backline while Jack Carty, who was also in Russia, is handed the reins at outhalf. The Athlone man is joined by Ireland international Kieran Marmion at half back.

At fullback, Tiernan O'Halloran is named to captain the side for the second time this season while Robbie Henshaw and Danie Poolman also return to boost the side.

Up front, Jason Harris-Wright will make his season debut after returning from long-term injury and the hooker is joined in the front row by international props Ronan Loughney and Nathan White, who makes his 50th appearance for the province.

Having lined out for the Eagles in the B&I Cup last week, Ben Marshall returns from injury to start in the second row alongside Galway man Andrew Browne.

Connacht team: Tiernan O'Halloran, Rory Parata, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Danie Poolman, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Ronan Loughney, Jason Harris-Wright, Nathan White, Ben Marshall, Andrew Browne, Eoghan Masterson, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Eoin McKeon

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Conan O'Donnell, Finlay Bealham, Danny Qualter, George Naoupu, Ian Porter, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun