Duffy set to become centurion against Ospreys

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has named his side that will face the Ospreys in their Magners clash at the Sportsground on Friday night. (kick-off 7pm)

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has named his side that will face the Ospreys in their Magners clash at the Sportsground on Friday night. (kick-off 7pm)

Connacht stalwart Gavin Duffy will win his 100th cap for the western province at the weekend.

Dermot Murphy is named at hooker in place of Sean Cronin who is on international duty.

Miah Nikora and Eoin Griffin start at fly half and outside centre respectively having impressed in last week’s historic win over Samoa in Galway.

Meanwhile, Ospreys coach Sean Holley has named his side for Friday’s match. The welsh region are without a raft of frontline players due to Wales’ game with Fiji on Saturday, but Holley has still managed to name a strong looking side featuring ex-All Blacks Marty Holah and Jerry Collins in the backrow.

Former Leister academy player Conor McInerney will start in the second row for the Welsh giants.

Connacht (v Ospreys): Brett Wilkinson, Dermot Murphy, Jamie Hagan; Michael Swift, Bernie Upton; Michael McCarthy, Johnny O’Connor, John Muldoon; Frank Murphy, Miah Nikora; Fionn Carr, Keith Matthews, Eoin Griffin, Troy Nathan; Gavin Duffy

Subs: Ronan Loughney, Barry Fa’amausili, Dylan Rogers, Andrew Browne, Ezra Taylor, Cillian Willis, Ian Keatley, Darragh Fanning

Ospreys (v Connacht): Gareth Owen; Kristian Phillips, Sonny Parker, Ashley Beck, Richard Fussell; Matthew Morgan, Rhys Webb; Duncan Jones, Mefin Davies, Craig Mitchell; Conor McInerney, Ian Evans; Justin Tipuric, Marty Holah, Jerry Collins (Capt)

Subs: Scott Baldwin, Joe Rees, Cai Griffiths, James Goode, James King, Jamie Nutbrown, Matthew Jarvis, Barry Davies

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