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URC Preview – Connacht host Ospreys

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The United Rugby Championship kickstart again this weekend after the Autumn Nations Series ended last weekend. The weekend sees the South African sides for the first time hosting the European teams in South Africa but the first match of the weekend sees Connacht hosting Ospreys on on Friday night.

Ospreys will be missing some of their international players this weekend with Anscombe, Cuthbert and Thomas Francis all not playing. Adam Beard will also not be available due to a facial injury he picked up against Australia.

That will see Rhys Davies lining up with Gareth Thomas on the bench. Rhys Webb will lead Ospreys at nine and he will partner Stephen Myler who takes the number 10 jumper.

Shayne Bolton will make his debut on Friday in the midfield for the home side while on the wing Alex Wootton will make his first appearance this season. Oran McNulty that gets his chance to start at fullback this weekend.

In the pack Jarred Butler starts on the side of the scrum.

Ospreys have four wins so far in the competition and will want to build on the good start of the season. The Irish side have won three out of their last four home games but were beaten at home in January by Ospreys.

The match will be live on SuperSport at 21:30.

Scorers:

Connacht: Oran McNulty; Alex Wootton, Shayne Bolton, Sammy Arnold, Mack Hansen; Jack Carty (capt), Kieran Marmion; Matthew Burke, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Niall Murray, Ultan Dillane, Jarrad Butler, Conor Oliver, Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Jordan Duggan, Jack Aungier, Oisín Dowling, Eoghan Masterson, Caolin Blade, Conor Fitzgerald, Peter Robb.

Ospreys: Dan Evans; Max Nagy, Owen Watkin, Joe Hawkins, Luke Morgan; Stephen Myler, Rhys Webb (capt); Nicky Smith, Elvis Taione, Tom Botha, Bradley Davies, Rhys Davies, Sam Cross, Jac Morgan, Ethan Roots.

Replacements: Sam Parry, Gareth Thomas, Rhys Henry, Will Griffiths, Morgan Morris, Reuben Morgan-Williams, Josh Thomas, Cai Evans.

Current Log Standings:

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP LOG

PosTeamPWLDPts
1761029
2751128
3752025
4853022
5743021
6844021
7642020
8844020
9633016
10532014
11523011
1252309
1371609
1451317
1551405
1660601
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