Swift returns for Connacht’s visit to Edinburgh

Veteran lock Michael Swift has recovered from injury to take his place alongside Mike McCarthy in the second row for Connacht’s RaboDirect PRO12 meeting with Edinburgh at Murrayfield tomorrow (7.30pm).

Swift returns for Connacht’s visit to Edinburgh

Veteran lock Michael Swift has recovered from injury to take his place alongside Mike McCarthy in the second row for Connacht’s RaboDirect PRO12 meeting with Edinburgh at Murrayfield tomorrow (7.30pm).

Swift’s inclusion is the only change to the starting XV announced to face Benetton Treviso in the last round.

There is a reshuffle in the back row as Mick Kearney moves to number 6 and John Muldoon, who earns his 195th Connacht cap tomorrow, is named at number 7.

On the bench, props Rodney Ah You and JP Cooney as well as flanker Mata Fifita are included in the forwards' replacements.

All three featured for the Connacht Eagles in last Saturday's challenge game against Russian side Enisei STM and Ah You and Fifita both touched down for tries.

Denis Buckley, Willie Faloon, Eoghan Grace, Jason Harris-Wright, Eoin McKeon, Dave McSharry, Frank Murphy, Dave Nolan, Kyle Tonetti and Nathan White are unavailable for selection due to injury.

With the Connacht v Treviso fixture rearranged for April 26th, there are now four games to be played in the RaboDirect PRO12, and therefore a maximum of 20 match points left to play for.

And so, the push for a best ever finish in the league will intensify over the final weeks.

As he prepares to bid farewell to the Sportsground Head Coach Eric Elwood wants his team to end the season on a high note.

"Edinburgh is a huge game for us and it is still our intention to better last year's finish in the league,” he said.

"We have Treviso to play away and we've two tough games to finish in Ulster and Glasgow who are in the top four.

“But we still have a hell of a lot to play for in those four games.

“There are a lot of things still in our control. We are still looking for that betterment and that improvement year on year. And that's very much a target in our sights.

“It starts this weekend now in Edinburgh."

Connacht v (Edinburgh): R Henshaw; D Pooleman, E Griffin, B Murphy, G Duffy (capt); D Parks, K Marmion; B Wilkinson; A Flavin, R Loughney; M Swift, M McCarthy; M Kearney, J Muldoon, G Naoupu.

Replacements: E Reynecke, R Ah You, JP Cooney, A Browne, M Fifita, P O'Donohoe, M Nikora, F Vainikolo.

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