Con eager to strike early blow
Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30
Last season's Ulster Bank League Division 1A finalists Cork Constitution travel to take on St Mary's College in Templeville Road tomorrow as the league season gets underway.
And Con - the only team from Leeside in the top flight - will be very keen to strike an early blow in Dublin.
The Cork outfit made it all the way to the Aviva Stadium in 2015-16 before Clontarf beat them 28-25 in a thrilling final on May 8.
Con defeated Young Munster 22-16 in the Division 1A semi-final last season, and the Limerick club begin their campaign at home tomorrow against Old Belvedere in Tom Clifford Park.
Elsewhere, Garryowen, who are coached by former player Conan Doyle this season, are also at home when they host Lansdowne at Dooradoyle, with a 2.30 kick-off.
In Division 1B we'll get to see the first Munster derby of the season in Irish Independent Park where David Corkery and Denis Hurley's Dolphin host UL Bohemians.
While Shannon begin with a home game against Ballymena in Thomond Park.
UCC were promoted from Division 2A last season when they finished third in the standings but managed a 30-28 play-off victory over Blackrock. They begin at home to Old Wesley in Mardyke.
In Division 2A, Sunday's Well are away to Banbridge. Nenagh Ormond travel to take on Belfast Harlequins, Cashel host Malone and Highfield are at home against Queen's University.
In Division 2B, Old Crescent host Greystones and Thomond make the journey to take on Thomond.
And in the bottom tier, Midleton clash with Kanturk, while Bruff are away to Boyne.