Eoin McKeon returns to Connacht team for Pro12 play-off

The flanker is the only change to the team that beat Glasgow two weeks ago

BY Newstalk 12:16 Friday 20 May 2016, 12:16 20 May 2016

Eoin McKeon Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam has made one change to the team that beat Glasgow Warriors a fortnight ago for Saturday's Pro12 play-off against the same team.

Galway man Eoin McKeon comes into the back row in place of Sean O'Brien, who drops to the bench. John Muldoon captains the side from the base of the scrum in what will be the Portumna man’s 274th game for the province.

The back line remains unchanged with try scorer from the last game Bundee Aki and Ireland international Robbie Henshaw retained in midfield. Niyi Adeolokun and the league’s top try scorer Matt Healy line out on the wings.

Andrew Browne is brought into the match day squad on the bench in place of Quinn Roux.

Commenting on the upcoming game, Pat Lam said:

“We are under no illusions when it comes to the challenge we face against the defending champions Glasgow who are stacked with players with plenty of experience of test match and knock out rugby. We know they will be much stronger than they were two weeks ago but if we channel our physicality and the excitement into our game, we will be able to meet that challenge head on.

“It’s an exciting time for everyone involved in Connacht Rugby as we head into our first ever PRO12 semi-final. The reason we’ve had such a good record at home this season is the special atmosphere generated by our supporters and we’re all looking to give them another special day to remember in our last home game of the season.”

Connacht team and replacements to face Glasgow Warriors:

(15-9): Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, AJ MacGinty, Kieran Marmion.

(1-8): Ronan Loughney, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Aly Muldowney, Eoin McKeon, Jake Heenan, John Muldoon (capt).

Replacements (16-23): Dave Heffernan, JP Cooney, Rodney Ah You, Andrew Browne, Sean O’Brien, John Cooney, Shane O’Leary, Peter Robb.


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