Rigney re­turns for Con­nacht

The Irish Times - - Rugby News - Gavin Cummiskey

Colm Rigney comes back into the Con­nacht fold for to­mor­row’s open­ing Euro­pean Chal­lenge Cup fix­ture against Brive at the Parc Mu­nic­i­pal des Sports. Rigney, in line to win his 100th cap, re­places David Gan­non in the only change to the 22 from last week’s 29-9 de­feat to Le­in­ster.

Michael Bradley’s back-line op­tions are lim­ited by the in­juryen­forced ab­sence of Andy Dunne, Matt Mostyn and John Hearty.

Dunne is a week off re­cov­ery from a knee op­er­a­tion, Mostyn is ex­pected to fea­ture for Gal­we­gians against Terenure af­ter a year out with a bro­ken an­kle. Ire­land A three-quar­ter Hearty must un­dergo a hip op­er­a­tion.

Their other op­po­nents in Pool Three are the New­cas­tle Fal­cons and El Sal­vador, a Span­ish club based in Val­ladolid.

Stephen Fer­ris is rated doubt­ful for Ul­ster’s match against Glouces­ter to­mor­row night at Raven­hill af­ter sus­tain­ing a knee in­jury against Glas­gow last week. Roger Wil­son is ex­pected to take over at num­ber eight with Neil Best at six.

The open­side po­si­tion is a straight shootout be­tween Kieron Daw­son and David Pol­lack.

Mean­while, the de­fend­ing AIB Cup cham­pi­ons, Gar­ry­owen, have drawn Bal­ly­mena at home in round three of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The fix­tures are to be played on Jan­uary 5th.

CON­NACHT SQUAD (v Brive): M Deane, T Donnelly, G Duffy, P Dur­can, A Far­ley, A Flavin, J Fog­a­rty, K Matthews, M McCarthy, B McGovern, C McPhillips, R Mor­ris, J Mul­doon, J O’Con­nor, R Ofisa, C O’Lough­lin, C Rigney, M Swift, O Tre­vi­ranus, B Wilkin­son, A Wynne, D Yapp.

AIB CUP – Round Three: Black­rock v Cork Con­sti­tu­tion; Malone v Bruff; Clon­tarf v DLSP; UCC v Shan­non; St Mary’s v Clon­akilty; UCD v UL Bo­hemi­ans; Gar­ry­owen v Bal­ly­mena; Gal­we­gians v Old Belvedere.

AIB JU­NIOR CUP – Round One: Ar­magh v Na­van; Tul­lam­ore v Monivea; Sea­point v Kin­sale; Sligo v Col­eraine; Castle­bar v West­port; Kan­turk v Crosshaven; Boyne v Clon­mel; Clogher Val­ley v Cooke. Scot­land winger Sean La­mont has been ruled out of the rest of the sea­son and must un­dergo knee surgery. The Northamp­ton Saints player suf­fered a se­ri­ous in­jury to his right knee in last Satur­day’s match against Pertemps Bees.

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