Grif­fin set for his 100th Con­nacht ap­pear­ance

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RUGBY -

Con­nacht v Dragons Sports­ground, 5.15pm TG4

Kieran Marmion’s re­lease from the Ire­land squad will af­ford him some game time ahead of the Novem­ber Test se­ries and is a boost for Con­nacht coach Andy Friend who is with­out Bundee Aki, Quinn Roux and Finlay Beal­ham, all of whom are in Chicago.

Strong winds and heavy rain will make for chal­leng­ing con­di­tions in Gal­way. David Hor­witz makes his first start for the prov­ince at out­half with Kyle God­win in the cen­tre along­side Tom Far­rell.

Colm De Buitléar from the Con­nemara Ghaeltacht and a grand­son of the late film­maker, mu­si­cian and wildlife ex­pert Ea­mon, starts on the left wing on a week­end when his younger brother Eoin, is set to play for an Ire­land Un­der-18 club side against Italy.

On the bench Eoin Grif­fin is set to make his 100th ap­pear­ance for the prov­ince while 21-year-old prop Matthew Burke and Joe Maksymiw, who joined from the Le­ices­ter Tigers, are in line to make their re­spec­tive de­buts in the tour­na­ment.

Friend will be hop­ing for a re­ac­tion from his play­ers fol­low­ing last week’s dis­ap­point­ing de­feat to the Ospreys.

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