Jared Butler will be celebrating a milestone with his 100th appearance for Connacht in the Ospreys game this weekend.
Butler joined Connacht in 2017 and has quickly reached a century of appearances, having spent three seasons as captain.
Director of Rugby Andy Friend said that seeing Butler reach his 100th cap is a great achievement, and praised his performance in the five years he’s been with Connacht.
“He’s a genuine leader within the group both on and off the field, and it’s a testament to him that he has hit a century of appearances in just six seasons with us.”
Connact will face the Ospreys in an away game at Swansea Stadium for the United Rugby Championship, with kick-off at 7:35pm on Saturday.
In other team new lock Darragh Murray and winger Adam Byrne are both in line to make their Connacht debuts, with the pair named among the replacements.
In the front row there are starts for Dylan Tierney-Martin and Jack Aungier while Denis Buckley is retained.
The second row consists of Oisín Dowling and Gavin Thornbury, while number 8 Butler is joined by flankers Shamus Hurley-Langton and Conor Oliver.
Caolin Blade comes in at scrum-half to partner captain Jack Carty, while there’s a return to the starting team for Tom Farrell beside David Hawkshaw in the centre.
The final change sees Alex Wootton come onto the wings, with John Porch and Tiernan O’Halloran both retained.
Andy Friend said, “We are continuing to keep the matchday squad fresh with a few o changes, whilst still selecting a 23 that is more than capable of picking up a win, albeit against difficult opposition in the Ospreys.”
“I feel like all of the hard work that has been done from pre-season to date is starting to be seen through our on field performances. We’re all keen to keep that momentum going and finish this block on a high.”
CONNACHT RUGBY MATCHDAY SQUAD VS OSPREYS
Saturday 29th October 2022, 19:35 @ Swansea.com Stadium
15. Tiernan O’Halloran (208)
14. Alex Wootton (36)
13. Tom Farrell (82)
12. David Hawkshaw (6)
11. John Porch (65)
10. Jack Carty (183) (C)
9. Caolin Blade (153)
1. Denis Buckley (214)
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin (9)
3. Jack Aungier (37)
4. Oisín Dowling (30)
5. Gavin Thornbury (67)
6. Shamus Hurley-Langton (5)
7. Conor Oliver (46)
8. Jarrad Butler (99)
16.Grant Stewart (3)
17. Jordan Duggan (29)
18.Sam Illo (3)
19. Darragh Murray *
20. Paul Boyle (78)
21. Kieran Marmion (214)
22. Tom Daly (65)
23. Adam Byrne *