Connacht get boost from returning players for Toulouse match

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Connacht has received a welcome boost ahead of their clash with Toulouse this weekend, with a number of players back up for selection.

Bundee Aki and Jack Carty are available for selection for the Connacht Champions Cup game this Saturday following a two week rest period, as is Ultan Dillane who was rested last week.

In addition, Finlay Bealham is back in training and ready for selection after getting in a collision with Ulster.

In addition, Rory Burke (neck), Jarrad Butler (illness), Colby Fainga’a (knee), Matt Healy (thigh) and Peter Robb (head) are all reintegrating into training this week following their respective injuries.

Conor Fitzgerald is expected to return to training next week after a scan on his ankle. Peter McCabe and Tom Farrell are also expected to return to training next week as their injuries are progressing well.

Conor Kenny and Stephen Fitzgerald both remain out with injuries sustained in the Connacht v Leinster game.

Meanwhile, Matthew Burke (thigh), Cillian Gallagher (shoulder), Darragh Leader (calf), Sean O’Brien (shoulder) and Quinn Roux (hand) remain on the medium to long term injured list.

While Toulouse are almost guaranteed a place in the Champions Cup quarter finals, for Connacht a win is needed this weekend to secure one of the last remaining places.

Connacht have played against Toulouse eight times in total in the Champions Cup, more than any other side. Toulouse won their last clash in November 32-17 and Connacht are looking to return the favour.

The two will face off against each other again at the Sportsground this Saturday, kicking off at 3:15pm.

Tickets for the clash with the French Top 14 Champions are available to purchase here.