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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Ruddock boosted in front row options

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(all matches tomorrow at 2.30 unless stated)

DIVISION 1A

Lansdowne v UCD, The Aviva Stadium.

Leinster 'A' hooker Tyrone Moran and Ireland U20 tight-head Peter O'Reilly are back for Mike Ruddock. Ireland U20 scrum-half Nick McCarthy will make his first appearance of the season for College.

Terenure College v Clontarf, Lakeland's Pk

James Blaney will have his cut out for him with Ireland U20 Oisín Heffernan tight-head set to debut and fly-half James Thornton returning from injury. 'Tarf are fresh from a Leinster Senior League Cup semi win over OB with a largely second-string side to illustrate the depth of their squad.

Ballynahinch v St Mary's College, Ballymacarn Park

Old Blackrock boys David O'Connor, the lock, and Conor Oliver, the openside, could make their debuts for coach Peter Smyth.

Old Belvedere v Dolphin, Anglesea Road

Coach Paul Cunningham could have centre reinforcements in the shape of Leinster's Rory O'Loughlin and Connacht's Peter Robb.

DIVISION 1B

Garryowen v Dublin University, Dooradoyle

Captain Paddy Lavelle is back from injury to lead from the centre for Trinity boss Tony Smeeth.

DIVISION 2A

Banbridge v Blackrock College, Rifle Park

Coach Emmet Farrell has been battling manfully against the loss of players as he looks for a third win in four.

Bective Rgrs v NUIM Barnhall, Donnybrook

Coach Barry Lynn gives a first start this term to last year's captain Conor Harbison. Dennis Bowes welcomes come back wing Sean Lacey and centre Matthew Mellotte from injury.

Dungannon v Seapoint, Stevenson Park

This could be a chance for the Killiney club to move away from danger at the once mighty bottom northern outfit.

Naas v Skerries, Forenaughts

Coach Peter O'Donnell has led Naas to third in what is a Leinster derby in which they will fancy their chances. The North Dublin club have the second worst points-difference in the division. That has to change quickly.

Rainey Old Boys v Old Wesley, Hatrick Park

Coach Morgan Lennon plants Ger Finucane at centre and Richie Morrow in the second row.

DIVISION 2B

Ards v Navan, Hamilton Park

Flanker Leigh Jackson makes his return from a severe cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for the best part of a year.

Armagh v Greystones, Palace Grounds

Coach Kevin Lewis will be boosted by the return of second row Barry Holmes to start for the first time this season.

DLSP v Bruff, Kirwan Park

Aidan Ryan and Mark Keating come into the front row in a club with five injuries in that area alone.

Highfield v Boyne, Woodleigh Park

Coach Niall Ronan brings in back rower Caimin Hall to combat the home side's big pack of forwards.

Tullamore v Richmond, Spollanstown

Second row Ivor Deverell will be back as the Offaly club face into three straight matches against Limerick clubs.

Wanderers v Kanturk, Merrion Road

The Leinster Senior League Cup Shield semi-final victory over 2A Skerries will be a boost.

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