Heineken Cup Team News: Connacht, Leinster, Ulster & Munster name teams

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Updated: October 18, 2013

Heineken Cup team News: Connacht, Leinster, Ulster & Munster have named their teams for round two of the pool stages.

The Leinster team to face Castres Olympique in Saturday afternoon’s sold out Heineken Cup Round 2 clash in the RDS (KO: 3.40pm) has been named.

Ireland duo Fergus McFadden and Kevin McLaughlin will both make their landmark 100thappearances for the province in Saturday’s game.

There is one change to the starting line up from the side that defeated the Ospreys last weekend with Martin Moore set to make his first Heineken Cup start after appearing as a replacement in Swansea last weekend in place of the injured Mike Ross (hamstring) who is close to regaining full fitness.

Former Leinster Under-20 captain Moore will start in the front row alongside experienced duo Sean Cronin and Mike McCarthy in a pack which is all-Ireland qualified.

Jamie Heaslip leads the team once more on his 170th appearance and he is joined in the back-row by McLaughlin and last weekend’s Heineken Man of the Match Sean O’Brien.

The backline is unchanged which means that Jimmy Gopperth will make his home European debut for the province alongside Brendan Macken (lining out for the 30th time in Leinster colours) who partners Gordon D’Arcy once more at centre.

Michael Bent has recovered from injury to take his place on the replacements bench alongside four other Ireland internationals.

15. Rob Kearney, 14. Fergus McFadden, 13. Brendan Macken, 12. Gordon D’Arcy, 11. Dave Kearney, 10. Jimmy Gopperth, 9. Isaac Boss, 1. Cian Healy, 2. Sean Cronin, 3. Martin Moore, 4. Devin Toner, 5. Mike McCarthy, 6. Kevin McLaughlin, 7. Sean O’Brien, 8. Jamie Heaslip (capt),
16. Aaron Dundon, 17. Jack McGrath, 18. Michael Bent, 19. Quinn Roux, 20. Rhys Ruddock, 21. Eoin Reddan, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Luke Fitzgerald,

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Head Coach Rob Penney has made a number of changes to Munster’s starting XV for Saturday’s 6pm kick-off against Gloucester Rugby in Thomond Park.
The one change to the back-line sees Johne Murphy take the place of the injured Simon Zeboon the wing and in the pack Penney introduces Damien Varley, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghanand captain Peter O’Mahony.Murphy who travelled as a backs reserve last weekend comes straight in to the starting team as does Peter O’Mahony who was ruled out of the Edinburgh clash. James Coughlan makes way for Peter this Saturday and Donnacha Ryan shifts to blind-side replacing the injured Paddy Butler.Donncha O’Callaghan resumes his second row partnership with Paul O’Connell as Varley andBotha join Kilcoyne in the front row. Cathal Sheridan takes the place of Duncan Williams in the replacements.
15. Felix Jones, 14. Keith Earls, 13. Casey Laulala, 12. James Downey, 11. Johne Murphy, 10. Ian Keatley, 9. Conor Murray, 1. Dave Kilcoyne, 2. Damien Varley, 3. BJ Botha, 4. Donncha O’Callaghan, 5. Paul O’Connell, 6. Donnacha Ryan, 7. Niall Ronan, 8. Peter O’Mahony (capt),
16. Mike Sherry, 17. James Cronin, 18. Stephen Archer, 19. James Coughlan, 20. CJ Stander, 21. Cathal Sheridan, 22. JJ Hanrahan, 23. Denis Hurley,

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Connacht Rugby travel to Parma in Northern Italy this weekend to play familiar opponents Zebre in Round 2 of the Heineken Cup.

Head Coach Pat Lam has made three personnel changes to the team that started against Saracens last week.

In the backs, Matt Healy returns to his starting berth on the wing while Samoan International James So’oialo is named at fullback. The 24-year-old versatile back was brought on at Inside Centre last week at the Sportsground for his first Connacht appearance.

Up front, Galway-born Andrew Browne replaces the injured John Muldoon at Blndside Flanker.

Most notably on the bench, Dave McSharry makes a return to competitive rugby this weekend. The 24-year-old centre, who earned his first Ireland Wolfhounds cap last season, made the return to match fitness in recent weeks. He has played for both his club UCD and the Connacht Eagles in the past fortnight. His last game for Connacht came against Zebre in January’s Heineken Cup pool game.

15. James So’oialo, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 12. Craig Ronaldson, 11. Matt Healy, 10. Dan Parks, 9. Kieran Marmion, 1. Brett Wilkinson, 2. Sean Henry, 3. Rodney Ah You, 4. Michael Swift (capt), 5. Craig Clarke, 6. Andrew Browne, 7. Jake Heenan, 8. George Naoupu,
16. Jason Harris Wright, 17. JP Cooney, 18. Ronan Loughney, 19. Ally Muldowney, 20. Mata Fifita, 21. Paul O’Donohoe, 22. Dave McSharry, 23. Gavin Duffy,

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Scrum half Ruan Pienaar makes his first start of the season for Ulster away to Montpellier. Roger Wilson starts at number 8 as Nick Willams is out injured while Robbie Diack starts at blindside. John Afoa is on the bench.

15. Jared Payne, 14. Andrew Trimble, 13. Darren Cave, 12. Luke Marshall, 11. Tommy Bowe, 10. Paddy Jackson, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 1. Tom Court, 2. Rory Best, 3. Declan Fitzpatrick, 4. Johann Muller (capt), 5. Dan Tuohy, 6. Robbie Diack, 7. Chris Henry, 8. Roger Wilson,
16. Rob Herring, 17. Callum Black, 18. John Afoa, 19. Lewis Stevenson, 20. Iain Henderson, 21. Paul Marshall, 22. Stuart Olding, 23. Michael Allen,
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