Elwood makes four changes for trip to Italy

Connacht head to Treviso for rearranged fixture

 Danie Poolman will start at outside centre for Connacht in Italy. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Danie Poolman will start at outside centre for Connacht in Italy. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Thu, Apr 25, 2013, 12:46

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has made four changes and a positional switch to his starting XV for Friday’s rearranged RaboDirect Pro12 clash away to Benetton Treviso.

Top try scorer Danie Poolman moves from the right wing to outside centre, with Matt Healy taking his place out wide after coming off the bench in last weekend’s defeat to Ulster.

In the pack, Adrian Flavin makes way for Ethienne Reynecke at hooker, while Andrew Browne (blindside) and Eoin McKeon (openside) take over from Mick Kearney and John Muldoon in the backrow.

BENETTON TREVISO: Luke McLean; Ludovico Nitoglia, Michele Campagnaro, Gideon La Grange, Giulio Toniolatti; Alberto Di Bernardo, Edoardo Gori; Michele Rizzo, Leonardo Ghiraldini (capt), Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, Francesco Minto, Valerio Bernabò, Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri. Replacements: Giovanni Maistri, Alberto De Marchi, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Manoa Vosawai, Marco Filippucci, Tobias Botes, Luca Morisi.

CONNACHT: Gavin Duffy (capt); Matt Healy, Danie Poolman, Brian Murphy, Fetu’u Vainikolo; Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion; Brett Wilkinson, Ethienne Reynecke, Ronan Loughney, Michael Swift, Mike McCarthy, Andrew Browne, Eoin McKeon, George Naoupu. Replacements: Adrian Flavin, Rodney Ah You, JP Cooney, Mick Kearney, John Muldoon, Paul O’Donohoe, Miah Nikora, Tiernan O’Halloran.