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Clubs are cut out to kill off the Counties

Ireland Clubs v English Counties, Anglesea Road, Friday 5.30

Cork Con scrum-half Gerry Hurley is the only change to David O'Mahony's Ireland Clubs side, coming in to partner Barry Keeshan at half-back.

The key to Ireland's strategy is the back row where Hugh Hogan, Barry O'Mahony and captain Frank Cogan provide the balance of a good old fashioned breakaway unit.

There are six Leinster-based players on board. The St Mary's duo of Hogan and hooker Richie Sweeney, Clontarf three Evan Ryan, in the centre, O'Mahony and lock Simon Crawford, and Old Belvedere wing David Mongan should ensure a decent crowd.

Verdict: Ireland

Ireland Clubs: J O'Brien; J Clery, E Moloney, E Ryan, D Mongan; B Keeshan, G Hurley; J Ryan, R Sweeney, C Condon, P Donnellan, S Crawford, H Hogan, B O'Mahony, F Cogan (capt).

Ulster fire can slay Dragons

Ulster v Newport-Gwent Dragons, Ravenhill, Friday 7.05

Ulster can move into third by securing a bonus-point home winat the expense of Dragons.

Away from the Six Nations spotlight, Ulster's imports and domestic players can make it four wins in a row as they charge towards the top end of the table in what is becoming a season to be remembered for them.

Verdict: Ulster