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Connacht coach Andy Friend

Connacht coach Andy Friend

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Connacht coach Andy Friend

Connacht back Kyle Godwin has said they are down "to the bare bones" with just 24 or 25 players to select their squad from as they head to take on champions Leinster at the RDS on Saturday.

Connacht will go into that clash against what is expected to be a fully-loaded Leinster side low on confidence after two festive defeats at home to Munster and away to Ulster, with just one try scored in those games.

The difficulties being faced by coach Andy Friend, who again has to plan without unavailable World Cup players Bundee Aki and Jack Carty, was summed up by the role played by Godwin in Belfast on Friday.

He travelled as cover for out-half but was drafted in on the wing when Matt Healy cried off, then he moved to centre when Peter Robb suffered a head injury and ended up back on the wing as they tried to juggle their hand in the 35-3 loss.

"Unfortunately, it is disruptive at the moment. We have got quite a few injuries. But it's a juggling act for us and we have got to make sure that we put our best foot forward," he said.

"We have 24 or 25 fit to select from for a 23-man squad. We are on the bare bones but we have got guys coming through and it's good learning for us."

He knows they need to lift it as they head to face Leinster in their own back yard on the back of a few disappointing displays.

"It was a tough day at the office. Full credit to Ulster, they were definitely the better team on the day and they definitely outmuscled and out-enthused us. So that is something that we have really got to have a good long look at," he added.

Belfast Telegraph