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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lansdowne looking to bounce back

*(all matches tomorrow KO 2.30 unless stated)

DIVISION 1A

Old Belvedere v Lansdowne, Anglesea Road, Tonight 7.30

Coach Paul Cunningham will want number eight and captain Jonathan Slattery to rally the troops from last week's loss. The leaders will look to bounce back from defeat to UCD with razor sharp Foster Horan their go-to man.

St Mary's College v Clontarf, Tonight 7.30

Coach Peter Smyth will make the wins over Cork Con away and Ballynahinch at home the standards they must maintain. 'Tarf will look to Ireland Clubs captain Matt D'Arcy to lead from the centre, while twin brother Adrian could come back into the mix in the back row.

Ballynahinch v UCD, Ballymacarn Park

College will want half-backs Bobby Holland and Liam Bourke to do what they did to Lansdowne.

Cork Constitution v Terenure College, Temple Hill

There are easier places to recover form. 'Nure will have to be at their best in Cork to make up for a narrow loss to Clontarf.

DIVISION 1B

Shannon v Dublin University, Thomond Park

Director of Rugby Tony Smeeth will give scrum-half Brian Slater his first start of the season for the injured Angus Lloyd.

DIVISION 2A

Bective Rangers v Naas, Donnybrook 12.30

Rangers are sinking without trace as they stew at the bottom of the pile alongside Dungannon. Coach Peter O'Donnell will be looking for leadership from experienced centres Henry Bryce and Johnny Delaney.

Blackrock College v Nenagh Ormond, Stradbrook

There is a lighter mood around 'Rock at the moment given how they have climbed to second behind runaway leaders Old Wesley.

NUIM Barnhall v Thomond, Parsonstown

The Leixlip club has slid down to seventh, conceding 72 points in what has been a painful process.

Seapoint v Cashel, Kilbogget Park

The Killiney club will be looking for a third win in twelve rounds with the worst attack in the division.

Skerries v Dungannon, Holmpatrick

The Keane cousins Chris and Conal have been instrumental to Skerries fortunes at half-back ahead of what should be a five-pointer for them.

DIVISION 2B

Boyne v Wanderers, Shamrock Lodge

Director of Rugby Niall Ronan would relish the scalp of the Dublin club in what has been a learning season for Boyne.

Coach Greg Lynch will want a strong finish to the season as Wanderers look to move above the 50% win rate.

DLSP v Sunday's Well, Kirwan Park

Coach Phil de Barra could have Mark Hudson back at loose-head for the first time since September.

Greystones v Navan, Dr Hickey Park

Fourth-placed 'Stones Coach Kevin Lewis won't have to be reminded how four clubs from this Division will qualify for promotion into next season's new format. Ireland Clubs U18 captain Conor Farrell could make his AIL debut for Navan.

Midleton v Tullamore, Towns Park.

Coach Geoff Kenny could stay with the same side that got the job done last week in what amounts to a promotion set-to as fifth host second.

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