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Friday 18 August 2017

Lakelands to host D6 derby

*all tomorrow (KO 2.30) unless stated

DIVISION 1A

Terenure College v St Mary's College, Lakelands Park (3.0)

The Dublin 6 derby has attracted 750 to the pre-match meal with Nure's Ireland U20 Harrison Brewer needing game time in the centre. There is nothing St Mary's would love more than to spoil this party. They still hold out hopes of making the top four.

Clontarf v Dolphin, Castle Avenue

Coach Andy Wood should have props Ian Hirst and Royce Burke-Flynn back in the frame against the bottom club.

Lansdowne v Cork Constitution, The Aviva Stadium

Mike Ruddock's men need just one point to ensure a home semi-final when they will be aiming for four.

Old Belvedere v Ballynahinch, Anglesea Road

Talisman Danny Riordan will be back from injury to man the full-back slot as Belvo' loiter in second last.

UCD v Young Munster, The Belfield Bowl

College have slipped back into the pack from last week's defeat to Ballynahinch. They do have number eight Shane Grannell back.

DIVISION 1B

Dublin University v Buccaneers, College Park

Director of Rugby Tony Smeeth welcomes back Angus Lloyd at scrum-half.

DIVISION 2A

Naas v Old Wesley, Forenaughts

The Kildare club will have its' work cut out against the leaders with Will O'Brien in fine form on the openside. Coach Morgan Lennon brings centre Ger Finnucane and second row Richie Morrow into a thriving side.

Banbridge v Bective Rangers, Rifle Park

Rangers player/coach Barry Lynn will move from ten to nine and captain Ian Cullinane will return to the pack.

Dungannon v NUIM Barnhall, Stevenson Park

Coach Dennis Bowes calls second row Rob Tiernan back into the pack.

Nenagh Ormond v Skerries, Ormond Park

The North Dublin club has not lost since November, reeling off a half-dozen wins to climb to third.

Queen's University v Blackrock College, Dub Lane

Coach Emmet Farrell has led a transformation in Rock's fortunes this season to stand second.

UCC v Seapoint, The Mardyke

The remarkably consistent Stephen Verso has been shifting between hooker and the back row.

DIVISION 2B

Wanderers v DLSP, The Aviva (back pitch), (Tonight, 7.30)

The Merrion Road club, in ninth, will be close to unchanged after an away win at Boyne. Scrum-half Tiernan Gannon is a doubt. Cormac O'Leary could move in there and Scott Finlay may start at fly-half.

Navan v Boyne, Balreask Old, (Tonight 8.0)

Tight-head David King is back from a broken hand for player/coach Alan Kingsley, who stars at nine.

Director of Rugby Niall Ronan will trust the same side that lost out to Wanderers in the last round.

Old Crescent v Greystones, Rosbrien

Coach Kevin Lewis will look for wings Jack Keating and Padraic Goeghegan to continue their hot form.

Tullamore v Ards, Spollanstown

Coach Geoff Kenny will expect all the points with what is an unchanged side from last week.

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