Brive v Connacht – Preview, Staff Information and Prediction


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Connacht look to win their second sport of the Problem cup this Friday night time once they journey to tackle struggling French facet Brive.

One other win for Connacht will go a protracted option to seeing them make the knockout levels of the competitors and with Brive struggling, it is a nice alternative to take action.

Connacht Staff 

Connacht have named a mix of youth and expertise of their facet. Gavin Thornbury, Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki are the large names that come again into the facet travelling to France. Having the expertise of these three gamers might be big as younger prop Sam Illo and the youthful brother of Niall Murray, Darragh Murray additionally begins his first sport for Connacht within the second row.

We see an fascinating collection of Oisin Dowling at 6.

Dowling applies his commerce usually within the second row so it will likely be very intriguing to see if he has the mobility and engine to play at 6 successfully. Shane Delahunt additionally begins his first sport after a very long time out as a consequence of harm. Earlier than that harm Delahunt was the inform hooker at Connacht by a large margin so Connacht followers might be comfortable to see him again and hoping he will get in control shortly.

David Hawkshaw retains his place at 10. His efficiency final week was not his typical requirements, particularly with the boot however I’m assured we’ll see a much-improved efficiency this weekend from him, he’s too good of a participant not too. Adam Byrne and Diarmuid Kilgallen retain their locations additionally on the wings and no Connacht fan will argue with that. Each performed effectively final weekend, and each are bodily gamers who must be effectively suited to Brive.

Conor Fitzgerald comes into full again rather than Tiernan O’Halloran. Tiernan had certainly one of his finest video games previously couple of years final weekend, however Conor Fitzgerald has proven actual promise when enjoying at full again and having one other kicking possibility on the sphere is rarely a foul factor, particularly along with his left foot. Bundee is partnered by Tom Daly within the centre.

Tom Daly hasn’t discovered his type of previous years as a consequence of accidents so seeing him at 12 with Bundee outdoors him is just a great factor.

These are two very bodily centres so defensively and offensively Connacht ought to make good positive factors right here.

The bench is total very inexperienced. The entrance row of Dave Heffernan, Jordan Duggan and Dominic Robertson-McCoy is the place many of the expertise lies. With that mentioned we’ve got not seen Jordan Duggan a lot this season and that is our first viewing of Robertson-McCoy this 12 months so very arduous to inform the shape they are going to be in.

Niall Murray is second row cowl and is a incredible asset to have on the bench, however the remaining bench of Ciaran Sales space, Colm Reilly, Byron Ralston, and Oran McNulty are all very proficient however unproven to date, particularly at this stage.


  • 15. Conor Fitzgerald,
  • 14. Adam Byrne,
  • 13. Bundee Aki,
  • 12. Tom Daly,
  • 11. Diarmuid Kilgallen,
  • 10. David Hawkshaw,
  • 9. Kieran Marmion,
  • 1. Peter Dooley,
  • 2. Shane Delahunt,
  • 3. Sam Illo,
  • 4. Darragh Murray,
  • 5. Gavin Thornbury,
  • 6. Oisin Dowling,
  • 7. Shamus Hurley-Langton,
  • 8. Paul Boyle (c).


  • 16. David Heffernan,
  • 17. Jordan Duggan,
  • 18. Dominic Robertson-McCoy,
  • 19. Niall Murray,
  • 20. Ciaran Sales space,
  • 21. Colm Reilly,
  • 22. Byron Ralston,
  • 23. Oran McNulty,

Brive begin former Connacht gamers 

It’s no shock to see the trio of TieTie Tuimauga, Sammy Arnold and Abraham Papali’I named to start out for Brive. These guys can have been ready patiently for this fixture and might be raring to go and make a big effect on this sport. They’ll wish to show that Connacht have been silly to allow them to depart the membership.

Sammy was an important participant for Connacht and went via a trojan quantity of labor in his final season with Connacht particularly.

Papa, I really feel was by no means absolutely used to his potential with Connacht and early purple playing cards in his profession with the membership meant he by no means obtained a full run of video games to point out what he was able to. He’s a dynamic participant and rugby will at all times be a bodily sport and having somebody like him in your workforce is never a foul factor for my part. TieTie was solely with Connacht for the one season however in direction of the tip of that season was beginning to actually make an affect on the membership, he might be an enormous scrummaging check this weekend for Connacht to beat. Daniel Brennan so of former Irish nice Trevor additionally begins on the Brive workforce.


  • 15. Seta Tuicuvu,
  • 14. Kevin Fabien,
  • 13. Nico Lee,
  • 12. Sam Arnold,
  • 11. Wesley Douglas,
  • 10. Nicolas Sanchez,
  • 9. Paul Abadie,
  • 1. Daniel Brennan,
  • 2. Florian Dufour,
  • 3. Tietie Tuimauga,
  • 4. Renger van Eerten,
  • 5. Tevita Ratuva,
  • 6. Retief Marais,
  • 7. Mentioned Hireche (c),
  • 8. Abraham Papali’i.


  • 16. Vano Karkadze,
  • 17. Nathan Fraissenon,
  • 18. Pietro Ceccareli,
  • 19. Julien Delannoy,
  • 20. Matthieu Voisin,
  • 21. Enzo Sanga,
  • 22. Tom Raffy,
  • 23. Thomas Laranjeira,

Good begin important for Connacht

This sport won’t be simple however with Brive’s present type and their ongoing relegation battle within the High 14, I feel if Connacht can begin this sport effectively and go a rating up early, I can see Brive giving up a bit and dropping their heads. On the flip facet, a fast begin for Brive and we may simply see a spirited efficiency they usually may discover their type once more.

A fast optimistic begin for Connacht is significant on Friday night time and a win will add to the momentum for the essential Christmas interval.

Total, I feel an improved efficiency from Connacht this weekend must be sufficient to get the job achieved.

Referee: Adam Leal (England)

AR1: Alex Thomas (England)

AR2: Wayne Falla (England)

TMO: Dan Jones (England)

Broadcasters: epcrugby.television / FloRugby

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