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Connacht name unchanged team for URC semi-final

May 12, 2023 12:19 By Dave Hooper
Connacht name unchanged team for URC semi-final
United Rugby Championship, Sportsground, Co. Galway 23/12/2022 Connacht vs Ulster Connacht’s Jack Carty Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
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Connacht name unchanged team for URC semi-final with DHL Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday at 3pm Irish time

Connacht have named an unchanged team for Saturday’s BKT United Rugby Championship semi-final against DHL Stormers in Cape Town.

Jack Carty captains the side. While Tom Farrell is set for his 99th appearance. Jack Aungier will earn his 50th cap for the province if called upon from the bench.

A win for Connacht would see them reach a major final for the second time in their history. The decider will taking place at either Aviva Stadium or Thomond Park on Saturday May 27th.

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Connacht previously won the PRO12 in 2016.

"Last Friday night, to anyone outside the squad, we were the clear underdogs, and tomorrow will be no different” said Director of Rugby Andy Friend.

“Yet for us on the inside, there is enormous belief in our ability, and that is all that matters” added Friend.

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“We enter the semi-final with the same 23 who started last week. Which is great testament to our players’ toughness and resilience, and also to the work of our athletic performance & medical teams. All bodies are fit & healthy and have fully recovered from the travel down here to Cape Town”.

“Tomorrow will be a huge game as we take on the defending champions in their own backyard” declared Friend. “But these are the days you want to be involved in”.

“Pete Wilkins and the other coaches have presented a very clever game plan and with the confidence that's in the squad at present, there's genuine excitement about the challenge and opportunity that tomorrow brings”.

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Connacht

  1. Tiernan O’Halloran
  2. John Porch
  3. Tom Farrell
  4. Bundee Aki
  5. Mack Hansen
  6. Jack Carty (C)
  7. Caolin Blade
  1. Denis Buckley
  2. Dave Heffernan
  3. Finlay Bealham
  4. Josh Murphy
  5. Niall Murray
  6. Shamus Hurley-Langton
  7. Conor Oliver
  8. Cian Prendergast
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Replacements

  1. Dylan Tierney-Martin
  2. Jordan Duggan
  3. Jack Aungier
  4. Oisín Dowling
  5. Jarrad Butler
  6. Kieran Marmion
  7. Tom Daly
  8. Byron Ralston

DHL Stormers v Connacht

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Saturday 13th May

Kick-off: 15:00 Irish time

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