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Monday 23 October 2017

Lansdowne limber up for a visit from the champions

DIVISION 1A

Lansdowne v Clontarf

(Aviva Stadium, back pitch)

Match-winner Scott Deasy could be central to this meeting between the champions of 2013 and 2014. Holders 'Tarf will look to make it three-from-three.

Old Belvedere v St Mary's College

(Anglesea Road)

The Black & Whites have to make late adjustments on foot of the loss of Steve Crosbie and Jack Conan to Leinster. St Mary's have shown enough form to snatch two losing bonus points and they will be keen for their first four across town.

Terenure College v Young Munster

(Lakeland's Park)

Coach James Blaney should have his previously injured captain James O'Neill back for his first start of the season.

UCD v Dolphin (Belfield)

Coach Bobby Byrne will have the bonus of Leinster wing Sam Coghlan-Murray to compensate for the loss of Jordan Coghlan.

DIVISION 1B

Ballymena v Dublin University

(Eaton Park)

Powerful Sebastian Fromme is expected to come into the centre on the basis of an impressive 20-minute spell last week.

DIVISION 2A

Blackrock College v Skerries (Stradbrook)

Coach Emmet Farrell has a job on his hands as 'Rock slumped to the worst loss in the division to Barnhall on day one. Chris Keane's North Dublin club didn't fare better on the receiving end of a 22-point whitewash by Old Wesley.

Cashel v Naas (Spafield)

Coach Peter O'Donnell will be tempted to go with the same side that go the better of UCC.

City of Derry v NUIM Barnhall

(Judge's Road)

Director of Rugby Dennis Bowes brings in centre Farrell McManus and prop Dan Jennings as his two changes.

Old Wesley v Dungannon

(Donnybrook)

Coach Morgan Lennon places his faith in JC Greyling in the centre with Steve Harvey moving across to the left wing.

Seapoint v Rainey Old Boys

(Kilbogget Park)

The Killiney club did not enjoy life on Donnybrook's new pitch, falling to a 17-3 defeat by Bective. Home advantage has to count for something.

UCC v Bective Rangers (The Mardyke)

Coach Barry Lynn will be preaching the value of consistency as Rangers look to make it two-from-two in Cork.

DIVISION 2B

Greystones v Wanderers

(Dr Hickey Park, Friday 7.30)

The Wicklow club has already mastered another Leinster foe away in Boyne for five points. Coach Greg Lynch's men played with plenty of swagger in attack against Sunday's Well. Their defence that need attention.

Armagh v Navan (Palace Grounds)

Colm Reilly comes in for Shane Carr at fly-half.

DLSP v Richmond (Kirwan Park)

Coach Phil de Barra will wait for fitness tests on prop Keith Taite and second Andy Coleman.

Kanturk v Boyne (Knocknacolan)

Niall Ronan is hoping backs coach and scrum-half Mike Walls will be fit to play.

Sunday's Well v Tullamore

(Musgrave Park)

The return to fitness of winger Conor Molloy and hooker Cathal Feighery is a boost.

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