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Tuesday 21 February 2017

IRFU may reconsider decision on son of Lam

Connacht head coach Pat Lam
Connacht head coach Pat Lam

The IRFU may have to reconsider their decision to turn down Pat Lam's request to allow his son Mitch to join the Connacht roster for the last two rounds of The Champions Cup.

The knee injury suffered by Jack Carty against The Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday means Connacht have no fit out-half left to draw on.

South African signing Marnitz Boshoff's shoulder surgery has ruled him out for another two months.

Craig Ronaldson (thigh) and Shane O'Leary (concussion) have been joined by the newly crocked Carty.

In terms of the PRO12, Lam's men went to The Ospreys nursing the impact of 22 injuries, including the removal of the immeasurable leadership of John Muldoon and Bundee Aki, to leave them without the means to make a real game of it, eventually falling 29-7 to the new League leaders.

They lost flanker Jake Heenan and Carty early on to bring the tally to 24 with scrum-half Caolan Blade filling in at ten and scrum-half John Cooney as goal-kicker.

The goal of making the Top-4 in order to make a strong defence of their title would almost take a miracle.

They are languishing down in eighth, twelve points behind sixth-placed Ulster, a remarkable 19 short of the fourth-placed Scarlets.

It looks like they are unlikely to make it into the European Cup next season unless they can rediscover the form of last season quick pronto.

Connacht's saving grace is that they have beaten ticket Zebre in the penultimate round in Europe next Saturday.

The accumulation of four tries for five points would put them in with a shot at making the quarter-finals for the first time in their history at Toulouse the following week.

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