6 Dec, 15:21
Mike Sherry is expected to miss the next six months after rupturing the cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Dave Kilcoyne and Mike Sherry start in the front row while Damien Varley and Ian Keatley are named in the replacements.
O2 Ireland Wolfhounds team:
15 - Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)*
14 - Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster/49)
13 - Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster/3)
12 - Dave McSharry (UCD/Connacht/)*
11 - Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster/23)
10 - Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)*
9 - Paul Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster/)*
1 - David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster/2)
2 - Mike Sherry (Garryowen/Munster)*
3 - Michael Bent (Dublin University/Leinster/2)
4 - Lewis Stevenson (Malone/Ulster)*
5 - Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster/3)
6 - Kevin McLaughlin (St.Mary’s College/Leinster/5)
7 - Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)*
8 - James Coughlin (Dolphin/Munster)* Captain
16 - Damien Varley (Garryowen/Munster/2)
17 - Tom Court (Malone/Ulster/29)
18 - Declan Fitzpatrick (Dungannon /Ulster/2)
19 - Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster/2)
20 - Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary’s College/Leinster/1)
21 - Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster/15)
22 - Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)*
23 - Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster/2)
N.B. *denotes uncapped player
Tickets for the game are available on www.ticketmaster.ie and from the Connacht Branch office available up to 4pm on Friday and then from 4pm at the Ticket booth at the Main Stand gate of the stadium.
Tickets start at 20 Euro for adults and 5 Euro for children.