Wilkinson to miss Aironi encounter

A calf injury sustained against Ulster has ruled Brett Wilkinson out of Connacht's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Aironi in The Sportsground on Saturday (5pm).

A calf injury sustained against Ulster has ruled Brett Wilkinson out of Connacht's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Aironi in The Sportsground on Saturday (5pm).

The South African born prop is the only member of last weekend’s squad to be left out of Eric Elwood’s extended squad for the visit of Aironi.

Ray Ofisa has recovered from the knock that saw him replaced early on in that match and Adrian Flavin will face a late fitness test to assess his availability after missing out last weekend.

Connacht are looking to finish the season on a high and after recent victories over the Dragons and Ulster Eric Elwood's men are well placed to climb the RaboDirect PRO12 table.

Just two points separate Connacht from the Dragons and Treviso meaning a best ever eighth place finish is within reach.

Connacht squad to face Aironi:

Forwards: Ronan Loughney, Stewart Maguire, Denis Buckley, Rodney Ah You, Ethienne Reynecke, Dermot Murphy, Adrian Flavin, Michael Swift, Mike McCarthy, Mick Kearney, Eoin McKeon, John Muldoon, Johnny O'Connor, Ray Ofisa, George Naoupu.

Backs: Frank Murphy, Paul O'Donohoe, Miah Nikora, Matthew Jarvis, Eoin Griffin, Henry Fa'afili, Kyle Tonetti, Tiernan O'Halloran, Fetu'u Vainikolo, James Loxton, Gavin Duffy (C).

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