Aki powers Connacht bench in Stellenbosch


Experienced Irish international Bundee Aki will add extra firepower to Connacht’s replacements when they take on the defending champions DHL Stormers in Stellenbosch on Saturday. In total Connacht have made nine changes from the side that lost to Ulster, with six of those among the forwards. There’s a new front row of Denis Buckley, Dylan Tierney-Martin and Finlay Bealham, and a new second row partnership of Niall Murray and Josh Murphy who moves from blindside flanker. Cian Prendergast and captain for the day Jarrad Butler come onto the flanks with Paul Boyle retained at number 8. Caolin Blade is named at scrum-half with out-half Conor Fitzgerald for company, while the back line includes starts for Mack Hansen and Oran McNulty. Ireland wing Hansen starts in the No 11 jersey with John Porch on the opposite wing and McNulty at full-back. Connacht — 15 Oran McNulty, 14 John Porch, 13 Byron Ralston, 12 Tom Farrell, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Conor Fitzgerald, 9 Caolin Blade, 8 Paul Boyle, 7 Jarrad Butler (c), 6 Cian Prendergast, 5 Niall Murray, 4 Josh Murphy, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Dylan Tierney-Martin, 1 Denis Buckley. Subs: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Jack Aungier, 19 Oisín Dowling, 20 Shamus Hurley-Langton, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Bundee Aki, 23 David Hawkshaw. Photo: Twitter: @connachtrugby The post Aki powers Connacht bench in Stellenbosch appeared first on SA Rugby magazine.