Three changes have been made to Connacht's team for URC meeting against Zebre

Three changes have been made to Connacht's team for URC meeting against Zebre

THREE PLAYERS RETURN TO THE CONNACHT starting XV for Saturday’s clash with Zebre in Parma this Saturday.

Head Coach Pete Wilkins has selected out half Jack Carty as his captain for the game.  

A back three of Tiernan O'Hallaron, Diarmuid Kilgallen, and John Porch also start in Italy. 

In midfield Tom Farrell and Cathal Forde get the nod by Wilkins. 

Carty is joined by Caolin Blade in the half backs. 

The front row consists of 1. Denis Buckley, Dylan Tierney-Martin, and Jack Aungier 

In the engine room Josh Murphy Niall Murray start, while Cian Prendergast Conor Oliver, Jarrad Butler complete the team from the back row.  

Commenting on the team selection, Director of Rugby Andy Friend says: “Everyone enjoyed a well-earned break after the Lions game, and now it’s all about getting back to work and playing our best rugby. We travel to Italy conscious that we'll be up against a good Zebre side eager to get their first win of the season, but also confident that we can get the job done if we play to our abilities.” 

The game start at 3.05pm Irish time. 

The game can be seen live on TG4 and Viaplay Sports 1. Live streams are also available via the official rights holders. 

Fullback: 15. Tiernan O’Halloran

Winger: 14. Diarmuid Kilgallen

Centres: 13.Tom Farrell 12. Cathal Forde

Winger: 11. John Porch

Outhalf: 10.Jack Carty Scrum half: 9. Caolin Blade

Front row: 1. Denis Buckley, 2. Dylan Tierney-Martin, 3. Jack Aungier

Second row: 4. Josh Murphy, 5. Niall Murray

Back row: 6. Cian Prendergast, 7. Conor Oliver, 8. Jarrad Butler

Replacements: 16. Eoin de Buitléar *, 17. Jordan Duggan, 18. Sam Illo, 19. Darragh Murray, 20. Shamus Hurley-Langton, 21. Kieran Marmion, 22. Tom Daly, 23. Adam Byrne