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PRO14 Preview – Connacht v Glasgow Warriors

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Glasgow Warriors will travel to Connacht in their opening match for the new season. Both sides failed to reach the playoffs last season.

With a poor start to the season they eventually did not have enough to make the playoffs and that will be something they would want to rectify this season.

Butler will lead the Connacht side again this seaosn and he will be joined in the second row by Paul Boyle and a young star in the making Conor Oliver.

It is again a impressive backline that performed well last season in players like Kieran Marmion, Jack Carty and Bundee Aki while youngster Peter Sullivan gets a second start on the wing.

There is a huge experience look in the the Warriors side with 17 of the 23 that has represented their country at senior level.

Nairn will get his first start for Glasgow since the opening match last season and will be joined in the back-three by Tommy Seymour and Huw Jones.

Fotu Lokotui will make his Warriors debut from the bench.

We should see a great battle between Aki and McDowall in the midfield.

We will also keep an eye out for the back row battle between Butler and Wilson.

Teams:

Connacht: John Porch, Peter Sullivan, Tom Farrell, Bundee Aki, Alex Wootton, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Quinn Roux, Jarrad Butler (c), Conor Oliver, Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Jonny Murphy, Jordan Duggan, Jack Aungier, Niall Murray, Seán Masterson, Caolin Blade, Conor Fitzgerald, Sammy Arnold.

Glasgow Warriors: Huw Jones, Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg, Stafford McDowall, Robbie Nairn, Adam Hastings, Ali Price; Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown (c), D’arcy Rae, Rob Harley, Scott Cummings, Ryan Wilson, Chris Fusaro, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: George Turner, Aki Seiuli, Enrique Pieretto, Richie Gray, Fotu Lokotui, George Horne, Pete Horne, Ratu Tagive.

 

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