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Connacht v Treviso - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Danie Poolman will make his full debut for Connacht after being included in the starting line-up for the clash with Treviso at The Sportsground on Saturday.
Poolman comes in as one of six changes from the side which lost to the Ospreys last time out and forms a new centre partnership with Dave McSharry.
Robbie Henshaw switches to full-back as a result, with Darragh Leader and Mata Fifita the two players to make way from the back line.
In the pack there are four changes, with Johnny O'Connor and Andrew Browne filling the two flanker spots, Mike McCarthy starting at lock and Denis Buckley coming into the front row.
With international call-ups depleting his ranks, Treviso boss Franco Smith has brought in Luca Morisi, Manoa Vosawai and Alberto De Marchi, but is forced to field Giovanni Maistri in a temporary role and has added two permit players to the replacements.
Marco Fuser makes his full debut at lock together with Corniel Van Zyl, with Angelo Esposito making his first start on the left wing. In the front row, Matteo Muccignat makes his debut.
Connacht: 15 R Henshaw, 14 T O'Halloran, 13 D Poolman, 12 D McSharry, 11 F Vainikolo, 10 D Parks, 9 K Marmion, 8 E McKeon, 7 J O'Connor, 6 A Browne, 5 M McCarthy, 4 M Swift, 3 N White (c), 2 J Harris-Wright, 1 D Buckley.
Replacements:16 A Flavin, 17 R Ah You, 18 R Loughney, 19 J Muldoon, 20 M Kearney, 21 D Moore, 22 M Nikora, 23 G Duffy.
Treviso:15 B Williams, 14 A Vilk, 13 C Loamanu, 12 A Pratichetti, 11 A Esposito, 10 A Di Bernardo, 9 F Semenzato, 8 M Filippucci, 7 V Bernabo, 6 M Vosawai, 5 C Van Zyl (c), 4 M Fuser, 3 J Roux, 2 F Sbaraglini, 1 M Muccignat.
Replacements: 16 E Ceccato, 17 A De Marchi, 18 I Fernandez-Rouyet, 19 G Maistri, 20 E Targa, 21 G Toniolatti, 22 J Ambrosini, 23 L Morisi.
What they said...
Connacht head coach Eric Elwood
"It has become a must-win for us and it is well within our range. We just need to cut out some of the errors and capitalise on the chances we are creating.
"It has been a busy period but there is a break coming up and we need to go into that with a win under our belt."
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
|Friday 31st October|
|Ospreys 26 - 11 Connacht|
|Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton Treviso|
|Leinster 33 - 8 Edinburgh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Ulster 29 - 9 Glasgow|
|Zebre 3 - 20 Leinster|
|Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Friday 10th October|
|Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets|
|Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Scarlets 26 - 13 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 23 - 40 Glasgow|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Leinster 23 - 34 Munster|
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