Despite Eric Elwood’s decision to leave Connacht at the end of the season, there is no time for introspection in the Western province with a daunting trip to Ravenhill to take on Ulster this Friday.
Connacht, aiming for back to back inter-provincial wins, have made three changes from the side that so impressively beat Leinster 34-6 at the Sportsgrounds last weekend.
All three changes occur in the pack where Denis Buckley replaces Brett Wilkinson at loose head and Ronan Loughney, fresh from his stint at the recent Irish training camp, comes back in at tighthead. The final change sees Dave Gannon takes his place in the backrow in place of Eoin McKeon.
Former Ulster player Wiilie Faloon will be looking to get one over on his old side as he captains Connacht from open side flanker. The back line remains unchanged and Dan Parks will be looking to build on his excellent start to his Connacht career by once again releasing the plethora of young exciting backs outside him.
It promises to be an emotional evening at Ravenhill, as Ulster play their first home game since the tragic death of Nevin Spence in a farming accident. A Facebook petition has been set up to have one of the Ravenhill stands renamed in his honour.
Kickoff at Ravenhill: Friday, 7:05.
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