Connacht makes two changes

There will be two changes to the Connacht team to play Newport Gwent Dragons at the sportsground on Friday.

There will be two changes to the Connacht team to play Newport Gwent Dragons at the sportsground on Friday.

The side shows two changes from the side which started against Leinster last week. Paul Warwick comes into the side in the centre and Brett Sturgess starts in the front row. Warwick will start at outside centre, with Darren Yapp moving to the left-wing and Keith Matthews moving to the bench.

Sturgess will make his third start of the season, coming in to the side at tighthead as Ireland A prop Ray Hogan moves to loosehead, with Brett Wilkinson included among the replacements.

Flanker Matt Lacey has been ruled out with a shoulder injury and his place on the bench is taken by Brendan O¹Connor.

CONNACHT v Newport Gwent Dragons: Daniel Riordan; Matt Mostyn, Paul Warwick, Gavin Williams, Darren Yapp; Mark McHugh, Chris Keane; Ray Hogan, John Fogarty (capt), Brett Sturgess; David Gannon, Andrew Farley; John Muldoon, Ray Ofisa, Colm Rigney.

Replacements: Adrian Flavin, Brett Wilkinson, Michael Swift, Brendan O'Connor, Tom Tierney, Keith Matthews, Ted Robinson.

Players not considered due to injury: Stephen Knoop (back), Matt Lacey (shoulder), Ronan Loughney (knee), David McGowan (hamstring), Joe Merrigan (foot), Conor O’Loughlin (shoulder).

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