Denis Buckley will become just the third Connacht player to reach 200 caps tomorrow after he was named in the starting XV to face Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup leaders Benetton in Italy.

The Roscommon prop made his debut for his home province in September 2011, which coincidentally came in the Stadio di Monigo.

He joins John Muldoon and Michael Swift as the only players to earn a double century of caps for Connacht.

The other notable inclusion is Bundee Aki's return to the starting XV.

Aki hasn’t featured for Connacht in nearly three months after serving a suspension following Ireland duty, and will now be keen to pick up some game-time before he travels with the Lions to South Africa.

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Aki partners Tom Daly in the centre who starts for the 15th consecutive game, while Alex Wootton, Peter Sullivan and John Porch form the back three.

The backs are completed by scrum-half Kieran Marmion and out-half Conor Fitzgerald.

Shane Delahunt and Finlay Bealham partner Buckley in the front row, while Niall Murray and Cian Prendergast are retained after excelling away to Munster last time out.

Murray partners Ultan Dillane in the second row, while Prendergast is joined in the back row by the returning Paul Boyle and captain Jarrad Butler.

Connacht: John Porch; Peter Sullivan, Bundee Aki, Tom Daly, Alex Wootton; Conor Fitzgerald, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham; Niall Murray, Ultan Dillane; Cian Prendergast, Jarrad Butler (capt), Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Paddy McAllister, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Oisin Dowling, Abraham Papali'i, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty, Sammy Arnold.