Connacht's White and Naoupu return for Munster showdown

Connacht Head Coach Eric Elwood has made two changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s meeting with Munster at the Sportsground (5.15pm).

Connacht's White and Naoupu return for Munster showdown

Connacht Head Coach Eric Elwood has made two changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s meeting with Munster at the Sportsground (5.15pm).

The back line remains unchanged but up front, Ronan Loughney makes way for Nathan White who captains the side tomorrow with versatile forward George Naoupu starting in the second row alongside Mike McCarthy.

Veteran lock Michael Swift and 22-year-old centre Eoin Griffin have both returned from injury and are named on the bench for tomorrow's derby clash.

Eoghan Grace, who has captained the Connacht Eagles this season, scoring a try in last weekend's British and Irish Cup victory over Cross Keys, is also named on the bench.

Connacht, who have won two of their last three inter-provincial encounters, are pursuing a clean sweep of 2012 home victories against the three other provinces.

Connacht (v. Munster): R Henshaw; T O’Halloran, D Poolman, D McSharry, F Vainikolo; D Parks, K Marmion; B Wilkinson, J Harris-Wright, N White capt; G Naoupu, M McCarthy; A Browne, J O’Connor, E McKeon.

Replacements: E Reynecke, D Buckley, R Loughney, M Swift, E Grace, P O’Donohoe, M Jarvis, E Griffin.

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