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Monday 20 August 2018

Mary's and Nure full of promise

ULSTER BANK AIL (Tomorrow, 2.30, unless stated)

DIVISION 1A

ST MARY'S COLLEGE v TERENURE COLLEGE, TEMPLEVILLE RD

THESE neighbours will meet for the first time in five years in what is certain to be a cracker with Leinster signing Seán McCarthy starting at hooker. Mark O'Neill is free from exams to come into contention at out-half for 'Nure with coach James Blaney unlikely to stray too far away from the side that beat Ballynahinch.

BALLYNAHINCH v OLD BELVEDERE, BALLYMACARN PARK

COACH Paul Cunningham will lean on Dan O'Riordan and Aidan Wynne to nurture the talent of Ireland U20s centre Peter Robb.

CORK CON v LANSDOWNE, TEMPLE HILL

FORMER Connacht openside Aaron Conneely made a big impression in their first round win and he could just be the signing of the season.

DOLPHIN v CLONTARF, MUSGRAVE PARK

THE champions have centre Evan Ryan coming back from injury to a side that coach Andy Wood could very well leave unchanged.

YOUNG MUNSTER v UCD, TOM CLIFFORD PARK

COLLEGE should introduce Ireland U20 pair in flanker Peader Timmins and wing Adam Byrne for their first starts of the season.

DIVISION 1B

DUBLIN UNIVERSITY v UL-BOHEMIANS, SYDNEY PARADE

TONY SMEETH will take his charges out to Monkstown due to the delay in the laying of a new surface at Trinity as scrum-half Aengus Lloyd and prop George Walsh return.

DIVISION 2A

SKERRIES v OLD WESLEY, HOLMPATRICK (Tonight, 7.30)

CHRIS KEANE must be pleased with how Skerries have gone in the Leinster Senior League with Keane's onfield leadership key from scrum-half.

BECTIVE RANGERS v SEAPOINT, DONNYBROOK

NEW coach Barry Gibney hands Bective debuts to scrum-half Mark O'Driscoll and second row Rory Kenealy, both formerly of Highfield, for the first match on the new artificial pitch.

Seapoint coach Ben Armstrong will need his pack, led by Mark McKoy, to stand steady.

NAAS v UCC, FORENAUGHTS

FORMER Springbok scrum-half Dan van Zyl has signed on as a coaching consultant to assist coach Peter O'Donnell as Naas look to establish a foothold in this division.

NUIM BARNHALL v BLACKROCK COLLEGE, PARSONTOWN

DENNIS BOWES has gone for former Ireland U18 Clubs openside Andrew Purcell in his back row. There has been a real shake up at 'Rock where Emmet Farrell and Mick Carroll form the coaching brains.

DIVISION 2B

BOYNE v GREYSTONES, SHAMROCK LODGE

NIALL RONAN welcomes back Eoghan Duffy and selects New Zealand fly-half Tyler Lansdowne.

NAVAN v KANTURK, BALREASK OLD

COACH Alan Kingsley will partner Shane Carr at half-back with 19-year-old Australia centre Esra Fa'aofo looking to make a real impact.

The Cork club will have former Munster and Ireland prop Tony Buckley in the second row.

TULLAMORE v DLSP, SPOLLANSTOWN

NEW coach Geoff Kenny will have to scheme without Ivor Deverell and Rob Connor.

WANDERERS v SUNDAY'S WELL, AVIVAN STADIUM (back pitch)

GREG LYNCH will look to find his feet quickly with fly-half Ciarán Wade captaining Wanderers.

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