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Preview: Connacht v Olympus Madrid

08th October 2009 18:23

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Michael Bradley Connacht

Michael Bradley: High hopes

Connacht have handed a debut to winger Tiernan O'Halloran for their Amlin Challenge Cup game against Olympus Rugby Madrid on Friday.

The Ireland Schools international comes on to the right wing after coming through the ranks at Connemara All-Blacks.

And coach Michael Bradley is hoping that the 18-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.

"Tiernan O'Halloran and Eoin Griffin have made the step up to the senior squad this season and it is encouraging and hopefully it will go well for Tiernan against Olympus Madrid," said Bradley.

Connacht: 15 Gavin Duffy, 14 Tiernan O'Halloran, 13 Niva Ta'auso, 12 Aidan Wynne, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Miah Nikora, 9 Conor O'Loughlin, 8 Mike McCarthy, 7 Jonny O'Connor, 6 Andrew Browne, 5 Bernie Upton, 4 Michael Swift, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 Adrian Flavin, 1 Brett Wilkinson.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Ronan Loughney, 18 Conor Higgins, 19 John Muldoon, 20 Dermot Murphy, 21 Frank Murphy, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Troy Nathan.

Olympus Madrid: 15 Manuel Mazo, 14 tbc, 13 Javier Canosa, 12 Benjamin Pardo, 11 Juan Cano, 10 Jeremias Palumbo, 9 Pablo Feijoo, 8 Ivan Criado, 7 Juan Gonzalez, 6 Martin Acena, 5 Jesus Recuerda, 4 Leandro Fernandez, 3 Alejandro Onega Camacho, 2 Chema Bohorquez, 1 Victor Acevedo.
Replacements: 16 Javier Arbelaitz, 17 Manuel Serrano, 18 Sebastian Hattori, 19 Sergio Souto, 20 Carlos Arenas, 21 Sergi Guerrero, 22 Marcos Poggi, 23 Matias Tudela.

Date: Friday, October 9
Venue: Galway Sportsground
Kick-off: 18.30 BST
Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)
Assistant referees: Stefano Traversi (Italy), Stefano Rebuschi (Italy).

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