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Connacht's Eric Elwood and former player Conor McPhillips will have new roles in Pat Lam's coaching team next season. Elwood will take over as kicking coach on an advisory basis, along side his current role as domestic games manager, while McPhillips, who was brought into the coaching team last season as an assistant attack coach to Pat Lam, has been appointed as Connacht's new backs coach following the departure of Kiwi Andre Bell to his homeland.
Connacht's Eric Elwood and former player Conor McPhillips will have new roles in Pat Lam's coaching team next season.
Eric Elwood's era of 24 years continuous service for the province came to an end against Glasgow in the final round of this season’s RaboDirect Pro 12.
Heineken Cup rugby is back on the calendar this weekend and Connacht return to the venue of the English champions where they cut their teeth in their first campaign last season.
Connacht return to RaboDirect Pro 12 action keen to continue their recent form against the Ospreys on Saturday evening in Wales. After two strong performances against both Zebre and Harlequins, it is essential Connacht maintain their momentum to get vital league points on the board. Elwood is expected to make changes for their visit to Swansea, and it is likely former South African Stormer Danie Poolman will finally make his first start for the province. Polman returned to training this week having returned from a week in Germany where he underwent treatment on his hamstring. His presence will be a welcome boost to the side, particularly with doubts over the fitness of Eoin Griffin who has been carrying an ankle injury. While a number of players are carrying knocks and bruisees, definately out of action are Andrew Browne, Gavin Duffy, Matt Healy, Mark McCrea, Paul O’Donohoe, Ethienne Reynecke and Kyle Tonetti.
Connacht’s injury woes look set to continue for this evening’s RaboDirect fixture against Treviso at the Galway Sportsground (7.30pm).