Connacht Eagles
2012/2013 British & Irish Cup
Connacht Eagles 31 v 16 Cross Keys
15 December 2012 - Dubarry Park, Athlone
Cross Keys

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Connacht Eagles v Cross Keys preview and team News

Cross Keys head over the Irish sea to face Connacht Eagles in Athlone in the reverse fixture from last weekend when Keys hosted, and defeated the Eagles at Pandy Park.

The benefit of playing Connacht last week will mean Keys will know what to expect from their hosts this time around. They know it will be tough going against The Eagles on their own patch where a large crowd could attend due to the first XV of Connacht being in Heineken Cup action in the south of France versus Biarritz.

The Keys have announced the team that will take on Connacht Eagles on Saturday. The Keys are without at least 12 players due to injury so are grateful to the Dragons who have assisted Keys by providing a number of academy youngsters for the trip together with Steffan Jones who once again starts at 10. The academy players who could make they're debuts for Keys are centre Will Owen, back row man Josh Skinner and back Angus o'Brien. Johnny Lewis could also return for Keys as he is named on the bench following a spell on the sidelines with a broken hand.

The Cross Keys team is as follows:-

15. Gareth David

14. Dorian Jones

13. Leon Andrews

12. Will Owen

11. Luke Williams

10. Steffan Jones

9. Ryan James

1. Richard Cornock

2. Garry Horrigan

3. Anthony Lott

4. Danny Hodge

5. Sean Higgins

6. Rob Nash (c)

7. Scott Matthews

8. Tom Lampard

Replacements: James Johnstone, Gerwyn Price, Jamie Sollis, Josh Skinner, Dean Gunter, Angus O'Brien, Jonathan Lewis.

Kick off is at 2.30pm at Dubarry Park, Athlone.