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St Mary's in need of some Old spice ahead of clash with Belvedere

CHAMPIONS seek to rediscover form

(All 7.30 unless stated)

DIVISION 1A

Clontarf v Lansdowne, Castle Avenue.

Andy Wood's 'Tarf moved onto a 50pc return from the first four rounds by taking four points out of Young Munster in Limerick and he is likely to go with a similar side again. Mike Ruddock's league leaders fell to their first defeat at home by Cork Con.

It will be all about how they respond to that with Ireland U-20 Foster Horan back from a trial at London Irish.

St Mary's College v Old Belvedere, Templeville Road.

There could be a strong argument made for suggesting the champions are missing the experience and expertise of their previous coach, Peter Smyth, as they sit second-from-bottom.

The Black & Whites are not much better off than their hosts, except for the two losing bonus points that are fair reward for narrow losses to leaders Lansdowne and Dolphin down in Cork. Colin Murphy and Josh Glynn come in on the wings.

DIVISION 1B

UCD v Blackrock College, Belfield Bowl.

College are sitting pretty with three wins from four to be stationed in fourth.

Director of Rugby Bobby Byrne will welcome back Leinster trio James Treacy, Jordan Coghlan and, for the first time this season, Conor Gilsenan. This is bad news for 'Rock coach Ben Manion. He has to act fast as one of two winless teams in the Division to prevent a slide into oblivion for a club on its way into 2A at the moment.

Dublin University v Malone, College Park, tomorrow, 1.0.

Former Edinburgh and Scotland international flanker Alan MacDonald is studying medicine and should make his second appearance for the joint-leaders in what will be Trinity's biggest test to date.


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