Connacht v Zebre - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Last Updated: 01/03/13 7:12pm
Connacht have made three changes to their line-up for Friday night's RaboDirect PRO12 encounter with Zebre.
Robbie Henshaw and Dan Parks come into the back division, while in the pack, Mick Kearney replaces the sidelined Michael Swift.
Henshaw's inclusion means Gavin Duffy switches to the wing in place of the benched Fetu'u Vainikolo, while Parks returns after having to pull out of the 26-22 win over Cardiff Blues through illness.
Zebre boss Christian Gajan welcomes back his international stars for the trip to Galway.
In the backs, Paolo Buso and Gonzalo Garcia replace Alberto Chiesa and Samuele Pace respectively.
In the forwards, Mauro Bergamasco, Andrea Mancini, David Ryan and Andrea de Marchi all start, while Josh Sole moves to lock
Connacht: 15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Brian Murphy, 11 Gavin Duffy (c), 10 Dan Parks, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Eoin McKeon, 7 Willie Faloon, 6 John Muldoon, 5 Andrew Browne, 4 Mick Kearney, 3 Nathan White, 2 Jason Harris-Wright, 1 Brett Wilkinson.
Replacements: 16 Adrian Flavin, 17 Denis Buckley, 18 Ronan Loughney, 19 TJ Anderson, 20 George Naoupu, 21 Paul O'Donohoe, 22 Miah Nikora, 23 Fetu'u Vainikolo.
Zebre: 15 Alberto Benettin, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Matteo Pratichetti, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Paolo Buso, 9 Alberto Chillon, 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Filippo Ferrarini, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Josh Sole, 3 David Ryan, 2 Andrea Manici, 1 Andrea de Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Carlo Festuccia, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Luciano Leibson, 19 Emiliano Caffini, 20 Nicola Belardo, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Alberto Chiesa, 23 Samuele Pace.
RaboDirect PRO12 2012/13 Round 17
Munster's RaboDirect PRO12 play-off ambitions suffered a further hit as they were held 13-13 draw by the Ospreys.
Glasgow Warriors defeated Cardiff Blues 29-13 to move to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table.
Leinster held off a one-man performance by Newport Gwent Dragons' Steffan Jones to ease to a 26-19 win at Rodney Parade.