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Aki Set To Make First Appearance As Connacht Name Team For Edinburgh

Bundee Aki looks set to make his first appearance for Connacht this season as his side will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce when they travel to Murrayfield to take on Edinburgh. 

The western province, buoyed by their comprehensive home win over Zebre last weekend, will take on an Edinburgh side desperate for a win after their last-gasp loss to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium last weekend.

In all, Andy Friend has made four changes to the side which secured a bonus-point win over Zebre last time out.

Ireland international Kieran Marmion starts ahead of Caolin Blade. Sligo prop Conan O’Donnell starts, as does Niyi Adeolokun and Ultan Dillane.

Announcing his team, Connacht Head Coach Friend spoke about the depth in his squad which is leading to some genuine competition for places: “It is pleasing that we have some real depth and quality coming through, it’s how we balance it while rewarding good performances at the same time. We also really need that physicality against this Edinburgh side,” Friend said.

“This week we are welcoming back two more internationals. Kieran Marmion will start, having come off the bench last week. He is a real quality player and it is great to have him in our starting team after getting an extra break following Ireland’s tour to Australia. The other big addition is to have Bundee back. He starts off the bench and is raring to go. We face a big challenge in Murrayfield and no doubt Edinburgh will be hurting after the loss last weekend – it’s another massive challenge for us,” he added.

Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin, Kyle Godwin, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Conan O’Donnell, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Ultan Dillane, Sean O’Brien, Jarrad Butler, Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, James Cannon, Colby Fainga’a, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Bundee Aki.

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