Connacht name team to play Biarritz (Kick off 8pm Friday)

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Updated: December 13, 2012
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Connacht Rugby travel to the South of France today and prepare to take on Basque outfit Biarritz in round four of the Heineken Cup. Eric Elwood has named his side which shows only one change to the starting XV following last Friday’s 22-14 win over the former Heineken Cup finalists.

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Johnny O’Connor replaces Willie Faloon in the back row where he is joined by Andrew Browne and Eoin McKeon. Faloon was ruled out of selection earlier this week due to a fractured eye socket he incurred at the Sportsground on Friday night.

Dan Parks will lead his side out tomorrow night as Connacht look for a historic French double. Parks is this season’s leading points scorer on 48 points, bringing his all-time total to 403 points. The out-half is two points short of reaching the half-century mark in the Heineken Cup for the fifth time in eight seasons.

19-year-old Robbie Henshaw, who this week signed a full contract with Connacht Rugby, will line out at full-back.

On the bench, forwards Nathan White and George Naoupu make a welcome return to the squad having both missed out on last week’s round three clash.

Connacht XV

(15-9)Robbie Henshaw;Tiernan O’Halloran, Danie Poolman, Dave McSharry, Fetu’u Vainikolo; Dan Parks (captain) Kieran Marmion

(1-8)Brett Wilkinson, Jason Harris-Wright, Ronan Loughney; Mick Kearney, Mike McCarthy; Andrew Browne, Johnny O’Connor, Eoin McKeon

Replacements (from):

(16-23)Ethienne Reynecke Denis Buckley, Nathan White, Danny Qualter, George Naoupu, Paul O’Donohoe, Miah Nikora, Matthew Jarvis.

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