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Monday 23 October 2017

AIL ROUND-UP

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE

(TOMORROW 2.30)

DIVISION 1A

Terenure College v Lansdowne, Lakeland's Park: This could well be a rehearsal for the final as the Top-2 has already sealed home semi-finals. Backs Willie Devane and Graham Coffey will strengthen coach James Blaney's options. Number eight Ron Boucher has recovered from injury to make a play to be involved tomorrow.

UCD v Old Belvedere, Belfield Bowl:

College will have Shane Grannell back from injury at number eight as they are located a tantalising one-point off the Top-4. Flanker Kieran O'Gorman should be back from injury to take his jersey in the back row for OB.

Clontarf v Cork Constitution, Castle Avenue: Former Cork Con AIL winning captain Evan Ryan managed the same achievement for 'Tarf last year as he goes into action against his old club.

Young Munster v St Mary's College, Tom Clifford Park: This is a big one for both clubs in which a win for St Mary's would go a long way towards saving their season.

DIVISION 1B

Corinthians v Dublin University, Corinthian Park: Sebastian Fromme will be back in the centre as Trinity take the confidence from hammering Oxford 37-3 last Wednesday week.

DIVISION 2A

Bective Rangers v Thomond, Donnybrook 2.0: The Rangers are very short on confidence, losing their last ten matches and conceding 91 points in their last two.

Old Wesley v Seapoint, Donnybrook 4.30: The leaders will look for maximum points and the title with James Burton at tight-head and Iain Cassidy and Alan Large at half-back. The Killiney club are second from rock bottom and have lost their last eight.

Blackrock College v Cashel, Stradbrook:

Hard-charging 'Rock are five points off pace-setters OW with Cashel not out of the promotion picture yet.

Naas v Banbridge, Forenoughts: Coach Peter O'Donnell has been taken with the consistency of Johnny Delaney and Henry Bryce in the centre.

NUIM Barnhall v Nenagh Ormond, Parsonstown: Director of Rugby Dennis Bowes makes one change, bringing Emmet Quinn in at scrum-half.

Skerries v Queen's University, Holmpatrick: It looks like the North Dublin club blew their shot at promotion by falling away badly at Nenagh in the last round. They need this one.

DIVISION 2B

Navan v Wanderers, Balreask Old, Tonight 7.30: The Meath club is not yet guaranteed of AIL rugby for next season. A win here would do that. Wanderers, in tenth, are free of danger and can play with real freedom over the last two rounds.

Boyne v Old Crescent, Shamrock Lodge:

Director of Rugby Niall Ronan will have number eight Karl Keogh back as Boyne bid to stay in the League.

Greystones v Bruff, Dr Hickey Park: Coach Kevin Lewis will have prop Shane Mulvaney and full-back Niall O'Brien back as they need to win the last two to make sure of promotion.

Highfield v Tullamore, Woodleigh Park:

The Offaly club needs one more win to be promoted with what should be close to the same team again.

Midleton v DLSP, Towns Park:

Salmo' could have Karl Miller back in the back row as they look for their fourth win of the campaign.

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