Elwood makes changes to Connacht pack for trip to Italy

Treviso welcome back international quartet

Secondrow Mike McCarthy will start for Connacht against Treviso in Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Secondrow Mike McCarthy will start for Connacht against Treviso in Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 13:36

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has made four changes to his pack from last week’s defeat to Munster for the trip to Italy to take on Benetton Treviso on Saturday.

Adrian Flavin comes in for hooker Jason Harris-Wright after he suffered a calf muscle strain during the game at Musgrave Park, while Ronan Loughney takes over from Nathan White at tighthead.

Ireland international Mike McCarthy returns to the secondrow after coming off the bench last week, while there's a reshuffle in the backrow with John Muldoon moving to blindside flanker and Eoin McKeon coming in at openside for Willie Faloon, who picked up an ankle injury against Munster.

Italy international flanker Simone Favaro returns to the Treviso line-up, while there’s a trio of returning internationals in the backline as Tobias Botes at scrumhalf, Edoardo Gori on the left wing and fullback Luke McLean come in.

TREVISO: Luke McLean; Ludovico Nitoglia, Tommaso Iannone, Gideon La Grange, Edoardo Gori; Alberto Di Bernardo, Tobias Botes; Alberto De Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini (capt), Lorenzo Cittadini, Francesco Minto, Corniel Van Zyl, Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni, Dean Budd. Replacements: Giovanni Maistri, Michele Rizzo, Jacobus Roux, Antonio Pavanello, Paul Derbyshire, Marco Filippucci, Fabio Semenzato, Kristopher Burton.

CONNACHT: Robbie Henshaw; Danie Poolman, Eoin Griffin, Brian Murphy, Gavin Duffy (capt); Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion; Brett Wilkinson, Adrian Flavin, Ronan Loughney, Mick Kearney, Mike McCarthy, John Muldoon, Eoin McKeon, George Naoupu. Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Denis Buckley, Nathan White, Andrew Browne, Dave Heffernan, Paul O'Donohoe, Miah Nikora, Fetu'u Vainikolo.