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Published: 15:11 | 29/1/16

Henshaw returns for Connacht

Scarlets' visit highlight of PRO12 weekend

Ireland International Robbie Henshaw will line out for Connacht as they welcome table-toppers Llanelli Scarlets after being released from the Six Nations camp.

Connacht head coach Pat Lam has told his players they must lift their performance level for Saturday's clash with the Scarlets at the Sportsground.

"While we were pleased with last week's performance (the 47-5 Challenge Cup win over Enisei-STM last week), we know that Scarlets present a completely different challenge," he said..

"They are top of the league and will travel with confidence especially with their Pro12 form away from home.

"We know from our meeting with them last month that it will probably be a closely-fought contest once again and we will have to bring that clinical edge that was on show last week if we are to come on top.

"We are back at home on a Saturday afternoon for the second week in a row and we're really looking forward to playing in front of a packed out Sportsground before we take a short break.

"A win would keep us in the top four where we have been all season and would sign off this block of 16 consecutive games very nicely for us and our supporters."

Connacht: Tiernan O'Halloran, Danie Poolman, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade; Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, George Naoupu, Aly Muldowney, John Muldoon (captain), Jake Heenan, Eoghan Masterson

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Ronan Loughney, Rodney Ah You, Ultan Dillane, James Connolly, Ian Porter, Craig Ronaldson, Rory Parata.

A familiar face and two debutantes will feature for Ulster as they travel to Italy to take on Treviso on Friday evening.

Stuart Olding returns to the side after ten months with a cruciate ligament injury while Academy players Lorcan Dow and Jacob Stockdale should make their first appearances after being named on the replacements bench.

Olding starts alongside Darren Cave in midfield, while the back three consists of wingers Craig Gilroy and Rory Scholes, and fullback Louis Ludik.

Ulster: Louis Ludik, Rory Scholes, Darren Cave, Stuart Olding, Craig Gilroy, Ian Humphreys, Paul Marshall;

Callum Black, Rob Herring (capt), Ricky Lutton; Alan O'Connor, Franco van der Merwe; C Ross, Sean Reidy, Roger Wilson

Replacements: John Andrew, Andy Warwick, Bronson Ross, P Browne, Lorcan Dow, David Shanahan, Luke Marshall, Jacob Stockdale.

Munster meanwhile make eight changes for their trip to Zebre.

Head coach Anthony Foley made three changes in the backline with scrum-half Tomás O'Leary partnering Ian Keatley in the half-back line.

Prop James Cronin has been also released from Six Nations camp and returns to the starting line-up at loosehead,with Niall Scannell returning at hooker.

Dave O'Callaghan has been named on the replacements bench as he continues his recovery from an abductor injury.

Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Tomás O'Leary; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Dave Foley, Mark Chisholm; Billy Holland (capt), Jack O'Donoghue, Robin Copeland.

Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Mario Sagario, Dave O'Callaghan, Shane Buckley, Duncan Williams, Cian Bohane, Gerhard van den Heever

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