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OLD BELVEDERE seek to catch up on Clontarf who are lacking Leinster fringe players


Ireland U-20 head coach Mike Ruddock. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Ireland U-20 head coach Mike Ruddock. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Ireland U-20 head coach Mike Ruddock. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

(All Tomorrow 2.30, unless stated)


Old Belvedere v Lansdowne

Anglesea Road, Tonight 7.30

The Black & Whites, in second, have been consistent in their pursuit of Clontarf at the top and should have enough in the locker for this one.

Coach Mike Ruddock will be with the Ireland U20s tonight, leaving his assistant Emmet Farrell to mind the house, possibly with an unchanged combination.

St Mary's College v UCD

Templeville Road, Tonight 7.30.

The home club will look to get the drop on UCD by shoring up the second worst defence in the Division.

College will have James Tracy available for the front row, along with hooker Risteárd Byrne and lock Gavin Thornbury. Scrum-half Luke McGrath has been taken away by Leinster.

Clontarf v Cork Constitution Castle Avenue

Leaders 'Tarf will have to make do without some of their Leinster fringe players, like Tadhg Furlong, the line up being similar to last week.


Terenure College v Blackrock College, Lakeland's Park

Coach James Blaney has a doubt over Ryan Roopnarinesingh in the centre. It is just as well Graham Coffey is back in contention there for the leaders.

Coach Ben Manion will need his half-backs David Godfrey and Adam Griggs to control matters on what is likely to be a heavy pitch.

Dublin University v Dungannon Sydney Parade

Trinity were one kick away from victory last week and director of rugby Tony Smeeth is likely to trust the same players again.


NUIM Barnhall v Bective Rangers, Parsontown

Dennis Bowes brings in prop Dan Jennings and second row John Campbell as the two personnel changes in his pack of forwards.

New coach Barry Lynn scrambled a three penalties-to-one win over Old Crescent last week before what should be a more searching test at fourth-placed Barnhall.

OLd Crescent v Naas, Rosbrien

Player/coach Niall Carson goes with the same side again this week.

Old Wesley v Rainey Old Boys, Donnybrook

Coach Morgan Lennon makes a change at tight-head, with James Burton coming in for Dave Henshaw. Ian Cassidy moves to 10 from nine.

Seapoint v Galwegians Kilbogget Park

The Killiney club will have to be on their toes to prevent a third straight defeat against the League leaders.


Boyne v Nenagh Ormond, Shamrock Lodge

Coach Mike Walls' men will have to bring their A-Game against the League leaders, his young number eight Karl Keogh showing impressive form of late.

Greystones v Armagh, Dr Hickey Park

This is a tasty prospect as 'Stones, in second, host Armagh, in third, with both clubs looking for their eighth win from 10 rounds.

Instonians v DLSP, Shaw's Bridge

Salmo' coaches Phil de Barra and Victor Ball have doubts about centre Adam Philpott and their number eight Paul Tolofua.

Navan v Ards, Balreask Old

David Clarke will make his first home start at hooker beside impressive 19-year-old Australian prop Jacob Ginoli.

Richmond v Tullamore, Richmond Park

Tullamore will scheme to pick up points in Limerick. They will travel with the confidence from three wins and one draw from their last four.

Skerries v Midleton, Holmpatrick

The North Dublin club came within one score of handing Nenagh their first defeat of the season. That performance will be their benchmark on the run-in.

Thomond v Suttonians, Fitzgerald Park

Coach Noel Hehir sticks to the same side with the plan to make up for last week's defeat.