Connacht have been boosted with the addition of two new props ahead of their European campaign.
South African Dylan Rogers joined the team this week, and along with fellow prop, Australian Barry Fa’amausili, has boosted the Connacht front row in the absence of the injured Robbie Morris.
Fa’amausili is expected to travel this weekend as front row cover when Connacht face Cavalieri.
Fa'amausili, who joined the squad several weeks ago, was injured in a training session, but is now passed fit and looks set to receive his first cap for the province. New Zealand born, Fa'amausili (22 ) has represented Australia at schools and u-19 levels.
Twenty-six-years-old Rogers, who can play on both sides of the front row, is regarded a mobile and powerful player. A technically strong scrummager, Rogers was located through former Connacht and Leinster prop Stephen Knoop who has returned to South Africa.
Rogers cut his teeth playing for the University of Cape Town in the Super A league and Varsity Cup before earning himself an opportunity in the Vodacom Cup with Griquas.
Both players are currently on three-month trials as Connacht seek to replace the injured Robbie Morris.
Coach Eric Elwood has been further boosted by the return of captain John Muldoon. Although troubled by a groin injury since fracturing his arm playing for Ireland against the All Blacks, Muldoon came through a training session yesterday and is expected to be named in the starting line-up.