Connacht's team to play Newcastle Falcon's in the Challenge Cup is out.
Kick-off is at 5.30pm tomorrow at Kingston Park
A losing bonus point ensures a home tie in the Round of 16, but a bonus point win could also mean potential home games further in the knockout stages.
Andy Friend has made six changes to the side.
Starting in a back three Mack Hansen, Adam Byrne, and Alex Wootton start.
Byron Ralson and Cathal Forde start in midfield
Conor Fitzgerald and Colm Reilly start at 10 and 9
The front row consists of Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, and Finlay Bealham.
The engine room looks like a Leva Fifita, and Josh Murphy
Finally, the side is completed by Shamus Hurley-Langton, Conor Oliver, and Jarrad Butler
Commenting on the team selection, Director of Rugby Andy Friend says: “It’s been a good Challenge Cup campaign for us so far, but tomorrow’s game is very important in mapping out our potential route in the knockout stages. We want to play as many games as possible at our home so we travel to England knowing every point matters.
Newcastle brought huge amounts of physicality to The Sportsground last month so it’s up to us to match that at their home turf, and as always away from home we then need to take our chances when the opportunities arise.”
Here are the teams for the game
Fullback: 15. Mack Hansen
Winger: 14. Adam Byrne
Centres 13. Byron Ralston, 12. Cathal Forde
Winger: 11. Alex Wootton
Out half: 10. Conor Fitzgerald, Scrum half 9. Colm Reilly
Front row: 1. Denis Buckley, 2. Shane Delahunt, 3. Finlay Bealham
Second row: 4. Leva Fifita, 5. Josh Murphy
Back row: 6. Shamus Hurley-Langton, 7. Conor Oliver, 8. Jarrad Butler
Replacements:16. Dylan Tierney-Martin, 17. Jordan Duggan, 18. Jack Aungier, 19. Darragh Murray, 20. Ciaran Booth, 21. Caolin Blade, 22. Tom Daly, 23. Tom Farrell
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Fullback: 15. Alex Tait
Winger: 14. Ben Stevenson,
Centres 13.Matias Orlando , 12 Pete Lucock
Winger: 11. Mateo Carreras
Out half: 10 Tian Schoeman. Scrum half 9. Michael Young (captain)
Front row:1 Logovi’i Mulipola, 2 Jamie Blamire, 3 Trevor Davison
Second row: 4 Greg Peterson, 5 Sebastian de Chaves,
Back row: 6 Gary Graham, 7 Philip van der Walt, 8 Carl Fearns.
Replacements:Replacements: 16 Charlie Maddison, 17 Adam Brocklebank, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Freddie Lockwood, 20 Pedro Rubiolo, 21 Josh Barton, 22 Josh Thomas, 23 Adam Radwan
Philip van der Walt starts for Newcastle Falcons tomorrow as they host Irish province Connacht in the EPCR Challenge Cup.
The 5.30pm kick-off 𝘐𝘚 included on the season ticket.
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