Farrell keen to kick on
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.