Leinster, Connacht And Ulster Team News

rugby ball oneLuke Fitzgerald starts at outside centre for Leinster in their clash with Harlequins tomorrow at the Aviva while Dominic Ryan, Kane Douglas, Isaac Boss and Zane Kirchner all come into the side. As a result of Fitzgerald switching to the centre, Darragh Fanning swaps wings and will start on the left wing with Zane Kirchner starting on the right. Zane Douglas plays with Devin Toner in the second row while in the back row, Dominic Ryan has shaken off his quad injury to take his place at openside flanker. There had been a doubt over Quins Prop Joe Marler but he has been named to start despite carrying an injury . Luke Marshall has recovered from injury and has been named in the Ulster team to face Scarlets in Wales on Sunday. Nick Williams and Wiehahn Herbst miss the game with hamstring injuries so Roger Wilson moves to Number 8, Clive Ross is named at openside, with Ireland international, Declan Fitzpatrick, selected at tighthead prop. Stuart Olding also misses the game having suffered concussion in last Saturday’s match. Connacht coach Pat Lam has made several changes for their Challenge cup meeting with Bayonne away tomorrow. Outhalf Miah Nikora has been handed the captaincy and is partnered by Academy scrumhalf Caolin Blade who makes his first senior start for the province. Conor Finn from Galway will also earn his first competitive start in a centre partnership with versatile back Craig Ronaldson. Darragh Leader is installed at fullback in a back three with centurion Fionn Carr and Niyi Adeolokun on his return from injury. Up front, Finlay Bealham starts for the first time in a reshuffled pack with Ronan Loughney, Dave Heffernan, Michael Swift and Willie Faloon also promoted from the bench. After featuring for the Connacht Eagles on Saturday following a six week absence, lock Aly Muldowney is back Academy forward James Connolly will make his Connacht debut at the Stade Jean Dauger on Saturday. The 21-year-old from Naas will feature in a back row with Faloon and Athlone man Danny Qualter at Number 8 for his own first start.

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