Far­rell keen to kick on

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RUGBY - DE­CLAN ROONEY

Sun­day South­ern Kings v Connacht Madibaz Sta­dium, 1.0 Eir Sport 2

Vic­tory over Drag­ons last time out has Connacht and Tom Far­rell on a high as they seek to con­quer South Africa – start­ing with the South­ern Kings.

Connacht only trail se­cond-place Mun­ster by three points ahead of the first game of their tour in Port El­iz­a­beth and, buoyed by a bonus-point win last time out, Far­rell is keen to get stuck in. “The Drag­ons win was huge for us, we needed a big per­for­mance af­ter los­ing in Ospreys,” said Far­rell. “Look­ing at the Kings they are a very dif­fer­ent beast when they play at home.”

Far­rell is paired with Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional Kyle God­win in the cen­tre for their first game on tour, while Matt Healy re­turns to the left wing fol­low­ing his re­cent in­jury prob­lems.

Jar­rad But­ler is at num­ber eight, with Paul Boyle – who this week signed a new 2½-year deal – pro­vid­ing the back­row cover from the bench. Prop Do­minic Robert­son McCoy is on the bench af­ter his six-week sus­pen­sion for stamp­ing on Josh van der Flier.

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