We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 12:06 | 6/10/16

Connacht and Ulster make changes for derby


Connacht head coach Pat Lam has made six changes to the starting XV for Friday's Guinness PRO12 inter-provincial clash with Ulster at the Sportsground.

The reigning Guinness PRO12 champions recorded their first win of the season last weekend when they defeated Edinburgh at the Sportsground but Lam has decided to make a series of changes to the starting XV for the visit of current table toppers Ulster.

Tom McCartney and Matt Healy have been ruled out of the games as a result of the injuries they sustained against Edinburgh as have Peter Robb and Kieran Marmion, who both failed fitness tests on Thursday.

McCartney's place in the front row has been taken by Dave Heffernan, while Cian Kelleher comes into the wing in place of Healy.

Tiernan O'Halloran and Niyi Adeolokin are retained in the back three as Bundee Aki once again takes his place in the centre where he is joined by Craig Ronaldson. Caolin Blade partners Jack Carty in the half-back line.

Heffernan takes his place in the front row alongside Finlay Bealham and Conor Carey, while Ultan Dillane will lock down with Andrew Browne in the second row. Eoin McKeon, Jake Hennan and John Muldoon are retained in the back row.

Connacht (XV v Ulster): T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun, B Aki, C Ronaldson, C Kelleher; J Carty, C Blade; F Bealham, D Heffernan, C Carey, U Dillane, A Browne, E McKeon, J Heenan, J Muldoon.

Replacements: S Delahunt, R Loughney, JP Cooney, L Stevenson, J Connolly, S Kerins, S O'Leary, S Ili.

Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has also made changes to his starting XV from the one that defeated Ospreys last weekend.

Tommy Bowe came through the game against Ospreys and is named on the right wing for his first start in six months. He is joined in the back three by Craig Gilroy and Jared Payne, who switches to full-back.

Darren Cave is retained at inside centre and he is joined in the midfield by Louis Ludik, while Paddy Jackson and Paul Marshall take their place in the half-back line.

Callum Black comes into the front row alongside Rory Best and Rodney Ah You, with Robbie Diack locking down with Pete Browne in the second row. Clive Ross starts at openside flanker with Iain Henderson getting the nod at blindside. Roger Wilson completes the pacl.

Ulster (XV v Connacht): J Payne; T Bowe, L Ludik, D Cave, C Gilroy; P Jackson, P Marshall; C Black, R Best, R Ah You, R Diack, P Browne, I Henderson, C Ross, R Wilson.

Replacements: R Herring, A Warwick, R Kane, K Treadwell, S Reidy, D Shanahan, B Herron, R Lyttle.

Conor McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt at UFC 205 in New York on November 12 live on the eir Sport pack. The eir Sport pack is free to all eir broadband customers. To learn more about setting sport free visit www.eir.ie/sport .

Lions stars return for Leinster

13:47 | 25/9/17

Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong, Sean O’Brien, Jack McGrath and Robbie Henshaw are all in line to start Leinster's Pro 14 game against Edinburgh at the RDS on Frid...


Cullen blames indiscipline for Leinster defeat to Cheetahs

10:50 | 23/9/17

Leinster coach Leo Cullen has pinpointed his side’s indiscipline as pivotal to their 38-19 defeat to the Cheetahs in their Pro14 clash in Bloemfontein.


Lack of physicality cost Connacht against Cardiff, says Muldoon

17:47 | 23/9/17

Connacht slumped to a second Pro14 defeat of the season as they were beaten by Cardiff Blues 17-15 at the Sportsground.


NZ will regret Aki decision, says Henshaw

10:14 | 22/9/17

Robbie Henshaw believes New Zealand "made a mistake" in allowing Connacht centre Bundee Aki to declare for Ireland.


Scannell starts for Munster

14:56 | 21/9/17

Munster inside centre Rory Scannell will make his first start of the season in Friday's Pro 14 match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium.


What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.