Connacht are hoping to secure a three win streak in the United Rugby Championship against Edinburgh this evening.
The past two weeks have seen Connacht claim hard fought victories against the Scarlets and DHL Stormers, and they hope to keep the momentum going today.
Having recovered from 10 point deficits in their last two games, Andy Friend and his coaching team have opted for a reshuffled pack along with the inclusion of returning Irish internationals Jack Carty and Dave Heffernan.
Heffernan is joined in the front row by props Jordan Duggan and Jack Aungier, while lock Oisín Dowling comes into the side to partner the in-form Leva Fifita.
The final change in the forwards sees Conor Oliver come in at openside flanker, with Cian Prendergast on the opposite flank and Paul Boyle at number 8.
Carty captains the side at out-half while there’s a start for Caolin Blade after an impressive cameo off the bench last week.
The centres and back three are unchanged so Tom Daly partners Sammy Arnold, while full-back John Porch has wingers Alex Wootton and Peter Sullivan for company.
Commenting on the team announcement, Head Coach Andy Friend said “This block was seen as crucial in terms of where we may end up at the end of the season.”
“As such, we targeted three wins from three games, so we have one more hurdle to jump in order to achieve that goal.”
“There’s no doubt this will be a difficult challenge away to a strong Edinburgh side, but we can take a lot of confidence from our last two outings, not only from the results, but more importantly the manner in which we achieved our victories.”
Connacht and Edinburgh will clash at 7:45pm this evening at DAM Health Stadium.
The full Connacht squad for tonight’s game is:
15. John Porch (51)
14. Peter Sullivan (20)
13. Sammy Arnold (32)
12. Tom Daly (56)
11. Alex Wootton (30)
10. Jack Carty (172) (C)
9. Caolin Blade (143)
1. Jordan Duggan (25)
2. Dave Heffernan (157)
3. Jack Aungier (25)
4. Oisin Dowling (19)
5. Leva Fifita (9)
6. Cian Prendergast (23)
7. Conor Oliver (34)
8. Paul Boyle (69)
16. Shane Delahunt (116)
17. Tietie Tuimauga (7)
18. Dominic Robertson-McCoy (71)
19. Niall Murray (29)
20. Abraham Papali’i (20)
21. Kieran Marmion (201)
22. Tom Farrell (72)
23. Jarrad Butler (89)