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- Guinness PRO12
- 28th Sep 2012
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Galway Sportsground
- Att: 5,813
Connacht v Leinster - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Connacht coach Eric Elwood has made wholesale changes to his line-up for Friday's visit of Leinster in the RaboDirect PRO12.
Robbie Henshaw will make his first competitive start for the side, with the 19-year-old replacing the injured Gavin Duffy at full-back.
Tiernan O'Halloran, Fetu'u Vainikolo and Eoin Griffin also come into the back division, while Dan Parks will make his debut following his summer switch from Cardiff Blues.
Up front, Denis Buckley, Michael Swift, Johnny O'Connor and George Naoupu all start.
Rob Kearney will make his seasonal reappearance for Leinster as one of a number of changes for the trip to Galway.
Fergus McFadden, Brendan Macken, Ian Madigan and John Cooney also come into the back division.
There are a further six changes in the pack following the win over Edinburgh, with only Shane Jennings and Tom Denton retaining their places.
Connacht: 15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Tiernan O'Halloran, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Dave McSharry, 11 Fetu'u Vainikolo, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Kieran Marmion, 1 Denis Buckley, 2 Adrian Flavin, 3 Nathan White, 4 Michael Swift, 5 Mike McCarthy, 6 Eoin McKeon, 7 Johnny O'Connor, 8 George Naoupu. Replacements: 16 Jason Harris-Wright, 17 Brett Wilkinson, 18 Ronan Loughney, 19 Dave Gannon, 20 Willie Faloon, 21 Dave Moore, 22 Miah Nikora, 23 Mata Fifita
Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 John Cooney, 1 Heinke van der Merwe, 2 Thomas Sexton, 3 Jamie Hagan, 4 Quinn Roux, 5 Tom Denton, 6 Ben Marshall, 7 Shane Jennings, 8 Leo Auva'a. Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Mike Ross, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Noel Reid, 23 Fionn Carr
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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