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- RaboDirect 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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RaboDirect PRO12 Table
|Saturday 6th September|
|TBC||Munster vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Ulster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 13th September|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Munster|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Connacht|
|TBC||Ulster vs Zebre|
|TBC||Leinster vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 20th September|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ulster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Munster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Connacht vs Leinster|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 27th September|
|TBC||Leinster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Munster vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Ulster|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Connacht|
|Saturday 4th October|
|TBC||Leinster vs Munster|
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