Friday, April 08, 2022

Mayo men Caelan Doris (left) and Dave Heffernan (right) will face one another in tonight’s historic European clash. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie

Three Mayo men will line out in tonight’s historic Heineken Champions Cup last 16 first-leg tie at the Sportsground.

Connacht will host four-time winners Leinster in what is a sell-out at College Road tonight.

Kick-off is at 8pm and will be shown live on BT Sport 1. It will also be live on Galway Bay FM.

For Connacht, Ballinrobe’s Matthew Burke and Ballina’s Dave Heffernan will accompany Finlay Bealham in the front-row.

Ballinrobe’s Matthew Burke will start at loose-head prop alongside fellow Mayo man Dave Heffernan.

Meanwhile, Lacken’s Caelan Doris will start in the back-row for Leinster.

Connacht’s team (caps in brackets):

15. Tiernan O’Halloran (203)
14. John Porch (54)
13. Tom Farrell (75)
12. Bundee Aki (115)
11. Mack Hansen (10)
10. Jack Carty (175) (C)
9. Kieran Marmion (204)

1. Matthew Burke (36)
2. Dave Heffernan (160)
3. Finlay Bealham (170)
4. Gavin Thornbury (59)
5. Leva Fifita (11)
6. Cian Prendergast (26)
7. Conor Oliver (37)
8. Jarrad Butler (91)

Replacements:
16. Dylan Tierney-Martin (2)
17. Tietie Tuimauga (9)
18. Jack Aungier (27)
19. Oisín Dowling (21)
20. Abraham Papali’i (22)
21. Caolin Blade (146)
22. Conor Fitzgerald (48)
23. Sammy Arnold (35)

Leinster’s team (caps in brackets):

15. Hugo Keenan (39)
14. Jimmy O’Brien (46)
13. Garry Ringrose (95)
12. Robbie Henshaw (61)
11. James Lowe (60)
10. Johnny Sexton (178) (C)
9. Luke McGrath (168)

1. Cian Healy (242)
2. Dan Sheehan (22)
3. Tadhg Furlong (120)
4. Ross Molony (132)
5. Josh Murphy (56)
6. Caelan Doris (48)
7. Josh van der Flier (107)
8. Jack Conan (110)

Replacements: 

16. James Tracy (140)
17. Ed Byrne (81)
18. Michael Ala’alatoa (17)
19. Devin Toner (277)
20. Max Deegan (81)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (109)
22. Ross Byrne (121)
23. Ciarán Frawley (48)

Referee – Karl Dickson (RFU)

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