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Grannell into engine room as UCD get back to business

Director of Rugby Tony Smeeth is confident Conor Mills will return to the centre. This would allow Ciaran Wade to switch across to out-half to the exclusion of David Joyce in what otherwise could be the same as last week out in unfamiliar Santry.

UCD v Old Crescent, Belfield Bowl, 3.30

College have not played in the AIL since the middle of November. Second row Mark Flanagan is wanted by Leinster 'A'. This means Shane Grannell will move forward into the engine room and Keelan McKenna will be promoted to the back row.


Navan v Banbridge, Balreask Old

Coach Leon Jordaan will look for an increase in intensity, rather than personnel, as inconsistent Navan attempt to make home advantage count against a top four club.

Highfield v NUIM Barnhall, Woodleigh Park

Coach Denis Bowes will want to move north of a 50pc return from the first six rounds against another mid-table club one point ahead of them. Robert Holt and Eoin Hogan have been key for them at half-back.