Connacht makes changes for Dragons visit

Updated: Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:01

Connacht have made two personnel changes to their side to face Newport Gwent Dragons in Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash at the Sportsground.

Head coach Eric Elwood has also made two positional changes to the team that played Leinster last Saturday.

The province has been boosted by the return from injury of Fetu'u Vainikolo who comes into the backline alongside Robbie Henshaw and Danie Poolman.

The front row trio of Denis Buckley, Jason Harris-Wright and Nathan White (captain) remain, while Mike McCarthy comes into the second row to partner Michael Swift.

Meanwhile, in the back row, versatile forward George Naoupu returns to his regular Number 8 position and Eoin McKeon is moved to openside flanker.

Connacht team v Dragons in RaboDirect PRO12: 15 R Henshaw, 14 D Poolman, 13 E Griffin, 12 D McSharry, 11 F Vainikolo, 10 D Parks, 9 K Marmion, 1 D Buckley, 2 J Harris-Wright, 3 N White (captain), 4 M Swift, 5 M McCarthy, 6 A Browne, 7 E McKeon, 8 G Naoupu.

Replacements from: 16 E Reynecke, 17 B Wilkinson, 18 R Loughney, 19 M Kearney, 20 E Grace, 21 P O'Donohoe, 22 M Jarvis, 23 T O'Halloran.