Connacht Rugby | Shane Delahunt to make 100th appearance in season finale with Ospreys

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Hooker Shane Delahunt will turn out to be the most recent centurion after he was chosen within the beginning XV for Connacht’s ultimate Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup conflict with Ospreys at The Sportsground tomorrow (ok/o 6.00pm)
 
Delahunt joined the Connacht Academy in the summertime of 2014, and made his debut off the bench towards Glasgow that September. Following a string of appearances he was handed his first Professional contract forward of the 2016-17 season and has been a mainstay within the squad since then.
 
Delahunt begins in a brand new look entrance row with props Jordan Duggan and Dominic Robertson-McCoy, whereas Niall Murray and Ultan Dillane proceed their second row partnership. There’s one change within the again row the place Eoghan Masterson begins at quantity 8, with flankers Cian Prendergast and captain Jarrad Butler retained.
 
There are additional modifications at #9 and #10 with Caolin Blade and Jack Carty each beginning, whereas Tom Daly and Bundee Aki proceed to pair up at centre. The ultimate change is within the again three the place Ben O’Donnell comes onto the wing, with Peter Sullivan on the alternative aspect and Alex Wootton shifting to full-back.
 
Commenting on his crew choice, Head Coach Andy Buddy says:
 
“I’m delighted for Shane Delahunt who turns into the most recent centurion within the squad. Shane all the time offers us enormous power and he’s had a giant improve in game-time this season which is a testomony to him and the way he’s carried out. He’s an awesome character and a preferred member of the dressing room too.
 
“We’d clearly favor to be within the chasing pack for the Ultimate but it surely’s nonetheless vital we end the season on a excessive. It’s been such an odd and lengthy 12 months for all of the gamers and employees, however we owe it to ourselves, the supporters and our departing gamers and employees that we do all the pieces to win this one.”

 
CONNACHT MATCHDAY 23 VS OSPREYS
Friday 4th June, The Sportsground, kick-off 6.00pm

Identify/Quantity/Caps
15. Alex Wootton (21)
14. Peter Sullivan (16)
13. Bundee Aki (110)
12. Tom Daly (48)
11. Ben O’Donnell (5)
10. Jack Carty (158)
9. Caolin Blade (131)
1. Jordan Duggan (12)
2. Shane Delahunt (99)
3. Dominic Robertson-McCoy (67)
4. Niall Murray (17)
5. Ultan Dillane (113)
6. Cian Prendergast
7. Jarrad Butler (72) (C)
8. Eoghan Masterson (110)

Replacements
16. Jonny Murphy (15)
17. Matthew Burke (22)
18. Jack Aungier (13)
19. Oisin Dowling (6)
20. Sean Masterson (12)
21. Kieran Marmion (186)
22. Conor Fitzgerald (36)
23. Sammy Arnold (15)

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