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Leaders Belvo can't afford a College slip-up


Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

THE League leaders have four points to spare on Clontarf having played one game more. They can't afford a slip-up here. College make for a dangerous proposition as they can cut loose at any time. They may be over their mid-season dip in form too.

(all matches start Saturday 2.30 unless stated)


Old Belvedere v UCD, Anglesea Road

Lansdowne v Cork Constitution, Aviva Stadium

Coach Mike Ruddock (right) could reintroduce Ireland U20 Cian Kelleher to full-back in what will be close to the side that beat Ballynahinch.

Garryowen v Clontarf, Dooradoyle

Brendan Cutriss returns from injury to challenge Liam Og Murphy for time in the number seven jersey.

St Mary's College v Dolphin, Templeville Road

Victory here for either club would surely guarantee safety for another season and home advantage could just swing it for St Mary's.


Blackrock College v Malone Stradbrook

Coach Ben Manion is able to bring back Dave Rowan to the left wing, Dave Scott-Lennon moving to full-back for Jan Simon Byrne.

Dublin University v Belfast Harlequins, Sydney Parade

Dave Fanagan will play at the scrum-half for the first time this season inside Sam Windsor, who played for Leinster A last week.

Shannon v Terenure College, Thomond Park

Coach James Blaney has a doubt over the fitness of his half-backs and brothers Kevin and Mark O'Neill.


Naas v Highfield, Forenoughts

Player/coach Niall Carson has been cheered by the form of 21-year-old out-half Peter Osbourne, who was at Leicester Tigers for a trial earlier in the season.

NUIM Barnhall v Queen's University, Parsonstown

Director of Rugby Dennis Bowes brings in loose-head prop Peter Courtney and flanker Sam Condon as the two changes to his pack for forwards.

Old Wesley v Banbridge, Donnybrook

Coach Morgan Lennon will want his players to finish strongly, starting at home to the club with which they share the same points.

Bective Rangers v Galwegians, Donnybrook, Sunday

Head coach Barry Lynn will have to plan without his exam-tied first choice full-back Rob O'Beirne, an ex-Galwegian, after two five-point wins.

City of Derry v Seapoint, Judge's Road

The Killiney club will have to be on their toes away to an Ulster club still holding onto promotion prospects.


Greystones v DLSP, Dr Hickey Park, Tonight 7.30

Reggie Corrigan's boys are still right there in the hunt for promotion as one of three clubs with Skerries and Thomond tied together in joint-second.

Salmo coach Phil de Barra will wait on fitness reports on number eight Paul Tolofua and wing Tim Nugent.

Navan v Tullamore, Balreask Old, Tonight 8.0

Coach Alan Kingsley has delayed selection due to a rush of injuries.

Tullamore coach John Moylan will go with the same side as last week.

Boyne v Sunday's Well, Shamrock Lodge

Coach Mike Walls will ask his players for one last push as they bid for a fifth win in 14 rounds against The Well.

Nenagh Ormond v Suttonians, New Ormond Park

The winless North Dublin club could be in for a hiding unless they have their heads on against the champions-elect.

Skerries v Richmond, Holmpatrick

Player/coach Chris Keane's players have come with a late and consistent charge to move into second just ahead of Thomond and Greystones. They need all five points.