What TV channel and time is Cardiff v Connacht on tonight in the United Rugby Championship?

Jarrad Butler and Matthew Burke

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Connacht travel to Wales for their first match in the United Rugby Championship this weekend.

The Westerners face Cardiff as they aim to kick-off their campaign with a victory.

New signing Mack Hansen will make his competitive debut for the province, while Tom Farrell starts his first game since November after a serious knee injury.

Jarrad Butler captains the side and there could be a debut off the bench for Hubert Gilvarry.

Here's what you need to know:

Where and when is it?

The match takes place at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday, September 24.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off is scheduled for 7.35pm.

What channel is it on?

TG4 will show the action live from 7.30pm.

You can also follow updates with The Irish Mirror's live blog.

A general view of Cardiff Arms Park
(Image: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo)

Cardiff team

Hallam Amos; Owen Lane, Rey Lee-Lo, Willis Halaholo, Jason Harries; Rhys Priestland, Lloyd Williams; Corey Domachowski, Kirby Myhill, Dmitri Arhip, Seb Davies, Matthew Screech, Josh Turnbull (capt), Ellis Jenkins, James Ratti.

Replacements : Liam Belcher, Rhys Carré, Dillon Lewis, Rory Thornton, Will Boyde, Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans, Max Llewellyn.

Connacht team

Tiernan O’Halloran; John Porch, Tom Farrell, Tom Daly, Mack Hansen; Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Matthew Burke, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Oisin Dowling, Ultan Dillane, Cian Prendergast, Conor Oliver, Jarrad Butler (capt).

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Jordan Duggan, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Niall Murray, Paul Boyle, Hubert Gilvarry, Conor Fitzgerald, Sammy Arnold.

Quotes corner

Cardiff director of rugby Dai Young: "There’s pressure to get a result because the first block of games is all about building points.

"You want to sit back after the five games and be happy with your point accumulation.

"We’ve got four out of five games at home so it’s a hugely important start for us and we need to pick up as many points as possible.

"I’ve got huge respect for Connacht. They play a great brand of rugby and if we’re not at our best then we’ll lose. It’s as simple as that.

"It will be tough, but we’re confident if we bring our ‘A-game’ then we’ll come away with the result."

Connacht head coach Andy Friend: “It’s been a really productive pre-season campaign so we’re all really looking forward to this URC opener. It’s a difficult opening game as Cardiff are always a formidable outfit especially at home, but we’ve prepared in the right way and are confident we can put in a really strong performance.

"Mack Hansen has been very impressive since arriving so fully deserves his first start, and in Hubert Gilvarry we have another Connacht native ready to make his debut if called upon. I know his inclusion in the matchday 23 will be a very proud day for all at Sligo RFC and Sligo Grammar School.”

Betting odds

Cardiff win: 1/2

Connacht win: 7/4

Draw: 19/1

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