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Friday 21 September 2018

Crawford back in contention with Clontarf looking to keep top spot

(all TOMORROW 2.30, unless stated)

DIVISION 1A

Clontarf v Young Munster, Castle Avenue

The league leaders will have Simon Crawford back in contention from a one-match suspension for a place in the back row.

Garryowen v Lansdowne, Dooradoyle

Director of Rugby Bobby Byrne will not panic as College have followed four wins with two defeats.

St Mary's College v Old Belvedere, Templeville Road

It is the boost from their upset against UCD that should have the hosts in a fine frame of mind for this one.

UCD v Cork Constitution, Belfield

Rob Shanley will come in for Leinster-tied Luke McGrath at scrum-half and Tom Fletcher will replace Barry Daly.

DIVISION 1B

Blackrock College v Buccaneers, Stradbrook

Veteran Michael Carroll comes back into the second row in coach Ben Manion's only change from last week.

Corinthians v Terenure College, Corinthian Park.

'Someone's 'O' has to go'. The leaders will make their way West for a tussle of the top two, 'Nure's skill in collecting bonus points putting them three points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Dublin University v Malone, Sydney Parade

Former Munster U20 Jack Costigan (pictured above) will play in the centre for Paddy Lavelle, who tore ligaments last week.

DIVISION 2A

Bective Rangers v Queen's University, Donnybrook

Rangers coach Kevin Lewis will surely prioritise an improvement in attack where they average just over 16 points-per-game.

Highfield v Old Wesley, Woodleigh Park

Coach Morgan Lennon promotes wing Rory Waters, prop James Burton and second row Paddy McCarroll.

Naas v Ballymena, Forenaughts.

Player/coach Niall Carson makes no changes to the side beaten by QUB.

NUIM Barnhall v UCC, NUIM Maynooth

Coach Dennis Bowes brings back wing Farrell McManus and flanker Conor Feeney.

Old Crescent v Seapoint, Rosbrien

Full-back Ken Casey is away at The Dubai Sevens, while assistant coach Brian Keegan is doing well at fly-half.

DIVISION 2B

Boyne v Thomond, Shamrock Lodge

Coach Mike Walls, starting at scrum-half, goes with the same selection that lost out at Greystones.

Navan v Armagh, Balreask Old

Coach Alan Kingsley might be able to call on the return of influential loose forward Brian McKeever.

Richmond v DLSP, Richmond Park

Back rower Manus Collins is keen to return to his home city and Adam Philpott will start at fly-half.

Skerries v Nenagh Ormond, Holmpatrick

It will be interesting to see how the north Dublin club deals with its first setback of the season, an away defeat to Armagh.

Suttonians v Greystones, McDowell Grounds

Coach Noel Hehir stays loyal to the same side that took a hammering at Sunday's Well.

'Stones might start Simon Malone, back from a leg injury, in the centre in what is close to a full-strength squad.

Tullamore v Sunday's Well, Spollanstown

Full-back Brian Geraghty will be back as the Offaly club looks to bounce back from a tight loss to DLSP.

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