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Munster clubs primed for a bright start to new campaign

Daragh Small

Published 28/08/2015 | 02:30

Young Munster came within minutes of a massive shock last season when they reached the semi-final where they lost 23-19 to eventual champions Lansdowne after extra-time
Young Munster came within minutes of a massive shock last season when they reached the semi-final where they lost 23-19 to eventual champions Lansdowne after extra-time

The Ulster Bank League takes on a brand new format for the 2015-16 season, which kicks into gear from September 11.

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There will be five divisions - Division 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2C - with ten teams in each.

Munster have 16 clubs involved, with Young Munster, Cork Con and Garryowen the representatives in Division 1A.

The Cookies came within minutes of a massive shock last season when they reached the semi-final.

They only lost 23-19 to eventual champions Lansdowne after extra-time.

Cork Con finished eighth after a difficult season where they lost at home to UCD on the final day.

Dolphin were relegated to Division 1B, while Garryowen went in the other direction after a play-off victory over St Mary's.

Dolphin are joined in Division 1B by Shannon and UL Bohemians, who both finished towards the bottom of the table last term.

In 2A, Munster are again represented by Cashel, Nenagh Ormond, Thomond and UCC - they all played their rugby in the third tier in 2014-15.

Highfield finished top of Division 2B but they will re-join Sunday's Well there this term.

Midleton were sixth in 2B but will take part in the newly formed Division 2C this season.

Bruff finished one place worse off and are also in 2C along with Old Crescent and Kanturk.

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