Wholesale changes for Elwood's Connacht

For the second consecutive week Connacht head coach Eric Elwood has shuffled his team selection, with his starting XV for Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 game against the Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun (7.35pm) showing eight changes from the side that lost to the Scarlets last weekend.

Wholesale changes for Elwood's Connacht

For the second consecutive week Connacht head coach Eric Elwood has shuffled his team selection, with his starting XV for Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 game against the Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun (7.35pm) showing eight changes from the side that lost to the Scarlets last weekend.

In the backs, Mark McCrea and James Loxton replace Fetu'u Vainikolo and Tiernan O'Halloran on the wings.

Matthew Jarvis replaces Miah Nikora at fly-half but Elwood has kept faith with young Kieran Marmion at scrum-half.

Robbie Henshaw gets his first start for the province after making an appearance and notable impact from the bench in all three RaboDirect PRO12 games so far. Henshaw comes in at outside centre, replacing Eoin Griffin, who is resting an ankle injury.

Dave McSharry, who made a real impression last week against Scarlets, lines out again tomorrow night and joins Henshaw in the young and new-look centre partnership.

Up front, meanwhile, hooker Adrian Flavin, who last week celebrated his 100th league appearance, replaces Ethienne Reynecke. He is joined in the front row by Brett Wilkinson and Nathan White.

George Naoupu started at no.8 against Cardiff Blues and Zebre but tomorrow he will lock down in the second row alongside Dave Gannon who gains his first start after three consecutive weeks coming on from the bench.

Willie Faloon, who made his Connacht starting debut last weekend, stars in the all-new back row trio which sees Johnny O'Connor move from openside to blindside flanker.

On the bench, the experienced Michael Swift is joined by academy members Kevin O'Byrne and Jack Carty who will both be hoping to make their first appearance of the campaign.

Connacht and Glasgow Warriors will be looking for their second win of the league tomorrow night.

The Warriors gained a notable opening win of the season courtesy of their 28-10 victory against reigning champions Ospreys.

Connacht (v. Warriors): G Duffy (c); J Loxton, R Henshaw, D McSharry, M McCrea; M Jarvis, K Marmion; B Wilkinson, A Flavin, N White; G Naoupu, D Gannon; J O’Connor, W Faloon, E McKeon.

Replacements: K O’Byrne, D Buckley, R Ah You, M Swift, M Kearney, D Moore, J Carty, M Fifita.

[comment]We will be covering the game in our live blog on the sports page, http://www.breakingnews.ie/sport/, from 7.30 tomorrow night.[/comment]

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