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Published: 15:48 | 22/1/16

Robbie Henshaw back in Connacht XV

Centre hasn't played since fracturing his hand in November.

Robbie Henshaw has been named in the Connacht XV for the first time since fracturing his hand in the Pro12 clash against Munster in November.

The Westeners welcome Enisei-STM to the Sportsground on Saturday in their final pool game of the Challenge in need a bonus-point win.

Coach Pat Lam has picked his strongest possible team to achieve the necessary with Henshaw included along with the three other Connacht players named in the Ireland squad this week, Ultan Dillane in the pack, Kieran Marmion in the backline and Nathan White in the front row.

White is joined in the front row by Denis Buckley and Dave Heffernan, with Eoghan Masterson at eight and captain John Muldoon at blinside flanker.

“We know we will need a clinical and focussed performance tomorrow that ensures we take our chances and scores,” said Pat Lam.

“Enisei will be coming here with confidence following their defeats of both Brive and Newcastle in our pool.

“They are a big, physical side and can do some damage if they are given a chance. But it’s up to us to take control of this game from the start.

“It’s great to have some guys back from injury for what is a crucial game for us in terms of our European ambitions.

“We are really excited to be back at the Sportsground tomorrow and we are determined to give our loyal supporters something to cheer about.”

Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran, Danie Poolman, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, AJ MacGinty, Kieran Marmion;Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Nathan White, Ultan Dillane, Aly Muldowney, John Muldoon (c), James Connolly, Eoghan Masterson.

Replacements: Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Rodney Ah You, George Naoupu, Sean O'Brien, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty, Rory Parata.

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