Connacht Team Named For This Weekend’s Clash With Rivals Leinster
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Connacht Captain John Muldoon is set to lead the western province out for the final time when they take on Leinster at the Sportsground on Saturday afternoon. He will make his 327th appearance for his native province having made his debut in October 2003.
Muldoon starts at eight and will be joined in the back-row by Jarrad Butler and Eoin McKeon.
Speaking to journalists ahead of the game, Muldoon spoke of the immense challenge that his Connacht side face.
“It’s my final time to throw on the green jersey and I just want to do the lads justice before I bow out at the Sportsground. It has actually crept up on me and I have had mixed emotions this week when I have gone into training with the lads.” he said
“It’s been bittersweet getting ready for this game against Leinster. It has built up nicely towards a game against a phenomenal team and they were outstanding in their Champions Cup win over Scarlets again last weekend. It certainly won’t be easy to finish my career against them, but I am looking forward to getting stuck into my last game for my province”,
(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Tom Farrell, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Quinn Roux, Eoin McKeon, Jarrad Butler, John Muldoon (Capt).
Replacements (16-23): Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Eoghan Masterson, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Darragh Leader.