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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Smyth looks to keep ball rolling

DIVISION 1A - St Mary's College v Cork Con, Templeville Road: Coach Peter Smyth will be eager to make it six wins out of eight to maintain their hold at the top of the table with flanker Ciaran Ruddock key to their progress.

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(Matches tomorrow at 2.30, unless stated)

Clontarf v Old Belvedere, Castle Avenue

Prop Niall Treston has returned from abroad and hooker Aaron Dundon should be released by Leinster to provide more muscle in the 'Tarf front row.

The champions have been led to believe they will have number eight Leo Auva'a and prop Jamie Hagan released into their custody when they cross the Liffey tomorrow. They will need all hands to move off the bottom of the table.

Lansdowne v Blackrock College, Aviva Stadium

Out-half Craig Ronaldson is kicking his goals and Ross McCarron is playing soundly at full-back in what is likely to be an unchanged side.

'Rock coach Eric Miller will have his hands full to take anything away from the play-off candidates. But, they will have found confidence from the impressive win over Shannon.

DIVISION 1B

UCD v Belfast Harlequins, Belfield Bowl

Leinster lock Mark Flanagan should return to the engine room and Michael Twomey will come in at full-back for Andy Boyle at home to fellow mid-table rivals.

DIVISION 2B

Connemara v Wanderers, Monastery Field

Wanderers look like relegation certainties at this stage, with no wins and seven losses so far this season. Scrum-half Freddie Mehigan and outside centre Josh Reeves, who has returned from New Zealand, are likely to start in Clifden.

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