Hansen returns as Connacht and...


Hansen returns as Connacht and Munster teams named ahead of URC clash

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Connacht have been boosted by the return of Mack Hansen for their United Rugby Championship clash with Munster tomorrow in Galway (kick-off 5.15pm). 

The in-form winger - who is the leading try scorer with six in the URC this season - returns from a calf injury to take his place in the starting XV.

It's one of two changes for the westerners from the team that lost to Leicester in the Heineken Champions Cup a fortnight ago.

Oisin Dowling comes in to start in the second row.

Munster, meanwhile, have handed 20-year-old Alex Kendellen a first start.

The academy graduate is poised to start in the back row having made his European debut against Castres a fortnight ago.

It's one of seven changes to Johann Van Graan's side for the visit to the Sportsground.

Mike Haley makes his first start since October at full-back, with Shane Daly also handed a starting role.

Craig Casey and Ben Healy are the 9-10 combination.

Stephen Archer, Gavin Coombes and Fineen Wycherley all come into the pack, along with Kendellen.

Tomorrow's game is one of only two in the competition this weekend.

Four fixtures have been postponed - including Ulster's meeting with Leinster.

Connacht: Tiernan O'Halloran; John Porch, Sammy Arnold, Bundee Aki, Mack Hansen; Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Matthew Burke, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Oisin Dowling, Cian Predergast, Conor Oliver, Jarrad Butler.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue, Alex Kendellen, Gavin Coombes.

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