Mayo players in Connacht squad for pre-season friendly with London Irish

The Connacht squad to face London Irish in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly at The Sportsground has been named, and includes Mayo men Dave Heffernan and Matthew Burke on the bench.

Barring 200 spectators for the clash with Glasgow Warriors last October, the game (k.o. 5.30 p.m.) is the first pro team fixture to take place in front of Sportsground spectators since February 2020.

Jack Carty captains the side from out-half, with Kieran Marmion alongside him. There’s a start at outside centre for new arrival Shayne Bolton, who has Tom Daly alongside him, while John Porch, Diarmuid Kilgallen and Tiernan O’Halloran make up the back three.

The front row consists of Jordan Duggan, Shane Delahunt and Jack Aungier, while Ultan Dillane comes into the second row for his first run-out of the season, starting alongside Oisin Dowling. A back row of Cian Prendergast, Conor Oliver and Paul Boyle completes the starting line-up.

There are 13 replacements in all, including academy player Ciaran Booth as well as Heffernan and Burke.

The game will be streamed live on the Connacht Rugby YouTube and Facebook pages.