Leinster prop Peter Dooley will grace the Aviva Stadium’s main pitch this afternoon, almost four months on from nearly making his Ireland senior debut at the venue.
Dooley and Ross Molony were the unlucky two to miss out on their first caps against Japan and the USA in July. With limited game-time with Leinster, Dooley is on the bench as Lansdowne face Young Munster.
The Cookies also had a trump card amongst their replacements in Munster’s powerful tighthead Keynan Knox in a clash between two of Division 1A’s unbeaten teams.
As he continues his return to full fitness, Leinster lock Jack Dunne will start for Dublin University at Cork Constitution. Liam Turner is on Ireland Sevens duty this weekend, so instead it will be full-back Rob Russell hoping to spark the students’ back-line.
There will also be provincial talent on show at Belfield where UCD entertain UCC as the Leinster Academy’s Chris Cosgrave slots in at full-back for the home side, while UCC are bolstered by the inclusion of Munster’s John Hodnett and Jack O’Sullivan in the back row.
TODAY’S FIXTURES – Men’s AIL (2.30 unless stated) – Div 1A: Ballynahinch v Garryowen, Ballymacarn Pk; Cork Con v Dublin University, Temple Hill; Lansdowne v Young Munster, Aviva Stadium; Terenure College v Clontarf, Lakelands Pk; UCD v UCC, Belfield.
Division 1B: Malone v Highfield, Gibson Pk; Naas v Old Wesley, Forenaughts; Navan RFC v Banbridge, Balreask Old; Shannon v Old Belvedere, Thomond Park; St Mary’s College v City of Armagh, Templeville Road.
Division 2A: Cashel RFC v Rainey Old Boys, Spafield; Dolphin v Ballymena, Musgrave Park; MU Barnhall v Queens University, Parsonstown; Old Crescent v Buccaneers, Takumi Park.
Division 2B: Ballina v Greystones, Heffernan Park; Blackrock College v Belfast Harlequins, Stradbrook; Dungannon v Galwegians, Stevenson Park; Galway Corinthians RFC v Sligo, Corinthian Park; Malahide v Wanderers, Estuary Rd.
Division 2C: City of Derry v Bangor, Judge’s Road; Clonmel v Skerries, Ardgaoithe; Midleton v Bruff, Towns Park; Omagh Academicals v Sundays Well, Thomas Mellon Playing Fields; Tullamore v Enniscorthy, Spollanstown.