Connacht hooker Jason Harris-Wright out for six months with knee injury

Robbie Henshaw expected to start in vital clash with Scarlets

Jason Harris-Wright to miss six months with knee injury. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jason Harris-Wright to miss six months with knee injury. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Connacht coach Pat Lam has confirmed the loss of starting hooker Jason Harris-Wright, following an injury to his right knee during the weekend’s 43-3 victory over Zebre.

“We just lost Jason Harris Wright for six months,” said Lam. “That’s number one and two hooker, before I signed Tom McCartney, out. If we hadn’t signed Tom we would be digging into the Academy again. It’s such an unfortunate injury for Jason as he has been out for six months and now he is gone again.”

Lam signed McCartney on a three-year deal from his native Auckland. Seán Henry is also unavailable but Dave Heffernan has provided effective hooker cover having switched from backrow.

Long-term list

Nathan WhiteJake HeenanMike Ross

White is not expected to play again until March.

Despite all these problems Connacht should field a stellar back-line, including Mils Muliaina and Bundee Aki, both of whom could be lining out alongside Robbie Henshaw for the first time on Saturday.

Muliaina, on debut, and Aki combined at 15 and 13 in the Zebre victory with Henshaw expected to slot into the midfield for the Scarlets visit to Galway. This looks a crucial encounter between the sixth and seventh ranked sides. “In the context of where both teams sit it is a massive game,” added Lam.

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