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Monday 22 April 2019

Belvo bidding to bounce back into the Black'

(2.30, Saturday unless stated)

DIVISION 1A

Old Belvedere v Blackrock College, Anglesea Road

Phil Werahiko's men have lost the lead, but remain a powerful presence in second.

Mark Cooney (groin) and Dean Moore (groin) are out, but flanker Richie Leyden returns from a broken hand.

'Rock are looking anything but rock solid. There is consolation in the fact they are just three points away from fourth-placed Young Munster.

Shannon v St Mary's College, Coonagh

Gavin Dunne's drop goal kept St Mary's out of Young Munster's reach. Coach Ciaran Potts will look to move onto the 66pc win return to maintain a push for the play-offs.

DIVISION 1B

Lansdowne v UL-Bohemian, The Aviva Stadium

Willie Clancy's Lansdowne have been consistently inconsistent in losing every second match over the last six rounds. Former Ireland flanker Aidan McCullen should make his first start of the season.

Buccaneers v Clontarf, Dubarry Park

Leaders 'Tarf will look for their fifth win on the spin in a first-versus-second clash of serious contenders.

Mick Kearney has been taken by the Ireland U20s. Conor O'Keeffe will start at lock.

DIVISION 2

Bective Rangers v UCD, Donnybrook, 4.30

Kevin Lewis's Rangers, in third, can move into second on the ladder if they can win without conceding a bonus-point here.

Prop Mark Harpur and flanker John Byrne will have to pass fitness tests.

Unbeaten College are going blow-for-blow with Ballynahinch at the top, only kept from first by the Ulster club's better bonus-point return. They are unchanged.

Terenure College v Belfast Harlequins,

Lakelands Park

Ian Morgan's 'Nure mounted a storming end to last season. They'll need a repeat run of form to climb into contention.

Old Crescent v Old Wesley, Rosbrien, 1.0

The Donnybrook club were buoyed by their bonus-point execution of Thomond. John Carroll moves into lock and Richie Murphy comes in at flanker.

Ballynahinch v Dublin University, Ballymacarn Park

This is like going into the fox's den with rabbit written across your forehead. 'Hinch look unstoppable. David Joyce might have to step into the breach at centre for Conor Colclough.

Thomond v DLSP, Fitzgerald Park

An unchanged Salmo' can confirm their survival by clipping the wings of the second-from-bottom Limerick club.

DIVISION 3

NUIM Barnhall v Suttonians,

Parsonstown 12.30

Mid-table Barnhall have reached that point in the season where they can drift or drive. Ben Harrison, Jim Nolan and Conor McDermott all come into the front five.

Suttonians experienced lock Aidan Kearney will look to build on his first AIL game back last week.

Greystones v Ards, Dr Hickey Park

'Stones have to recover from the body blow of a one-point defeat to Banbridge last Saturday. James Power will start at full-back.

Naas v Highfield, Forenaughts

The Kildare club, in sixth, hold a game in hand on all those around them. Jock Toland is back at hooker; player/coach Niall Carson moving to the back row.

Navan v Nenagh Ormond, Balreask Old

The former Junior club are in line to tumble out of the AIL unless they can secure their second win of the season. Hooker Johnny Baker is back from injury.

Seapoint v Instonians, Kilbogget Park

The Killiney club is on the brink of something special, standing two points behind their visitors with the live possibility of going top.

City of Derry v Wanderers, Judge's Road

Wanderers have lost their last five to leave them close enough to the edge of the cliff. Shane Hogan, Karl Duffy and Sean Byrne come into the front five.

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