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Thursday 27 April 2017

Lam aims for 5-Star showing

Pat Lam. Pic: Sportsfile
Pat Lam. Pic: Sportsfile

Former Leinster Academy centre Tom Farrell will make his first start for Connacht against The Dragons at The Sportsground tonight (KO7.35, TG4).

This follows the 23 year-old's immediate and impressive impact against Cardiff last week as the champions look for a second win in six days.

Coach Pat Lam has made four others changes as Ireland internationals Kieran Marmion, Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane return to start for their province.

Hooker Dave Heffernan will complete the quintet with another former Leinster man Steve Crosbie set for his debut somewhere along the backline.

"We're all really excited to be back playing at home for the first time in five weeks," said Lam.

"By all accounts it will be a full house here again tomorrow and that always drives us on."

Connacht: T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun, T Farrell, C Ronaldson, M Healy; J Carty, K Mamrion; D Buckley, D Heffernan, F Bealham, U Dillane, Q Roux, S O'Brien, J Heenan, J Muldoon (capt).

Dragons: T Prydie; A Hughes, T morgan, A Warren, P Howard; D Jones, T Knoyle; S Hobbs, E Dee, B Harris, N Crosswell, R Landman, O Griffiths, N Cudd, L Evans (capt).

Verdict: Connacht

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