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Monday 25 September 2017

Belvo face tough task to hold off St Mary's as table toppers look to lengthen lead

AIL FIXTURES (matches Saturday at 2.30, unless stated)

DIVISION 1A

Old Belvedere v St Mary's College, Anglesea Road

The champions at home to the leaders. This will certainly be worth the entrance fee as Belvo' continue to search for their first win of the season.

Coach Peter Smyth will have to be on his toes to keep Clontarf and Lansdowne at arm's length. The Leinster 'A' contingent includes Ciaran Ruddock and Jack McGrath.

Cork Constitution v Lansdowne, Temple Hill

Ireland U20 coach Mike Ruddock has certainly worked his particular brand of magic on Lansdowne.

Shannon v Clontarf, Thomond Park

'Tarf are nicely nestled in second on the ladder. Jonathan Larby will start at hooker. Leinster's Aaron Dundon is in New Zealand.

Young Munster v Blackrock College, Clifford Park

'Rock will work to put distance between them and Belvo' at the foot of the ladder, but will find it difficult away to the club that hit them for a bonus-point win at Stradbrook.

DIVISION 1B

UCC v UCD, The Mardyke, 3.0

Coach Bobby Byrne will have number eight Shane Grannell back from injury, while they wait on confirmation that they will or won't have Leinster 'A' lock Mark Flanagan.

DIVISION 2A

Bective Rangers v Old Crescent, Donnybrook

Rangers are in danger of seeing their season slip away as they sit in limbo land with four wins from eight.

Terenure College v Corinthian, Lakelands Park

Director of rugby Ian Morgan will want their superb away victory at Old Wesley to trigger an upward movement from mid-table. Prop Tony Byrne is back and loose forward Robert Duke is out.

DLSP v Malone, Kirwan Park

Salmo lost the lead to Trinity in a low-scoring affair (6-3) last time out. They will have to bounce back quickly against the resolute northerners with the same side.

Thomond v Dublin University, Fitzgerald Park

Trinity have shot to the head of the table with seven wins in eight. Former Ireland U20 Dominic Gallagher is leading the charge.

Greystones v Midleton, Dr Hickey Park

'Stones are not out of the running for promotion. They are able to recall captain Barry Holmes from injury.

Instonians v Seapoint, Shaws Bridge

The Killiney club have won more than they have lost. Out-half lynchpin Brian Keegan is back at the helm.

Queen's University v Old Wesley, Dub Lane

Coach Morgan Lennon can call on two sets of brothers in full-back Rory and wing Eoin Stynes, and prop Mark and flanker John Southern.

DIVISION 2B

Naas v Boyne, Forenoughts

Coach Niall Carson brings Robert Campbell into out-half, Eoghan Conron into the midfield and Jock Toland in at hooker.

Wanderers v NUIM Barnhall, The Aviva Stadium

Half-backs Freddie Mehigan and Michael Boland and wing Paddy Brophy are all back from injury.

Coach Denis Bowes gives AIL debuts to lock Roger Young and centre Farrell McManus.

Highfield v Navan, Woodleigh Park

Coach Leon Jordaan could call on prop Eoin King, who has returned from Australia.

Sunday's Well v Suttonians, Musgrave Park

Coach Noel Hehir has recalled second row Ian Whittington for the first time this season after injury.

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