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Preview | Senior & Junior Rugby

18th November 2021 By The Editor

Newcastle West face Mallow in the All Ireland Junior Cup.

Newcastle West face Mallow in the All Ireland Junior Cup. Newcastle West RFC

The Men’s All Ireland League resumes this weekend with a full programme of games across all five divisions.

Proceedings also get underway in the Women’s All Ireland Cup as the All Ireland Junior Cup continues this weekend.

In the Munster Junior League, there is action in Conferences C, D and E.

See a full list of fixtures here.

Proceedings get underway in the Women’s All Ireland Cup with four Munster sides in action.

UL Bohemian travel to the Capital to take on Old Belvedere at Ollie Campbell Park and Ballincollig welcome OLBC from Galway to Tanner Park.

Tipperary entertain Blackrock College in Thurles and Kerry welcome Galwegians to Tralee.

In Division 1A of the All Ireland League, new leaders Young Munster will be looking to make the most of home advantage in a bid to maintain their unbeaten run as they welcome Clontarf to Tom Clifford Park. The Limerick side go into the tie on the back of a 19-9 away win over UCC, while Clontarf were defeated 22-5 by Lansdowne at the Aviva Stadium.

Second-placed Garryowen, whose unbeaten start to the campaign was ended by a narrow 23-21 home defeat against Cork Constitution, from which they claimed a losing bonus point, travel to the Capital to take on Terenure College at Lakelands Park. The Dublin side are hovering above the drop zone following their narrow 16-15 away win over Dublin University.

Fifth-placed Cork Constitution, who recorded their second victory of the campaign against Garryowen in Limerick last time out, face a tricky task as they entertain UCD at Temple Hill. The Dublin Students are sixth and they go into the tie on the back of successive bonus point wins over UCC and Ballynahinch,

UCC travel to County Down to take on Ballynahinch in their basement clash. Both sides are seeking their first wins as UCC are propping up the table with only a point from their defeat by UCD. Ballynahinch have two losing bonus points to their credit and they go into the tie on the back of a heavy defeat by UCD in Dublin.

The game of the day in Division 1B is the meeting of unbeaten leaders Highfield and second-placed Old Wesley at Woodleigh Park. Both sides go into the tie unbeaten following victories over Old Belvedere and Malone in their respective games last time out.

Fifth-placed Shannon travel to the Royal County, to take on Navan, who are hovering above the drop zone. The Limerick side claimed a losing bonus point from their narrow 21-17 defeat by St Mary’s College at Thomond Park, while Navan ran out 18-13 away winners over City of Armagh.

Cashel, who are fifth in Division 2A following their maximum-point 27-21 away win over leaders Queen’s University, face a tough assignment as they welcome Ballymena to the Spafield. The County Antrim side are third following their comprehensive 44-25 home win over MU Barnhall, from which they claimed maximum points.

Sixth-placed Dolphin will have their work cut out as they entertain second-placed Buccaneers at Musgrave Park. The Athlone side claimed all points on offer from their 24-17 home win over UL Bohemian last time out, while Dolphin were defeated 33-12 by Old Crescent in Limerick.

Nenagh Ormond, who are second from bottom following their 24-12 defeat by Rainey Old Boys in Magherafelt, face a tough assignment as they welcome leaders Queen’s University to North Tipperary. The Belfast Students are still in pole position but surrendered their unbeaten run when they were defeated 27-21 by Cashel last time out but finished with a losing bonus point.

Bottom side UL Bohemian welcome seventh-placed Rainey Old Boys to the UL Arena. UL Bohemian claimed a losing bonus point from their 24-17 defeat by Buccaneers in Athlone while the County Derry side go into the tie on the back of a 24-12 home win over Nenagh Ormond.

In Division 2C, fifth-placed Midleton face a tricky task as they entertain new leaders Skerries, who are unbeaten, at Towns Park. Midleton go into the tie on the back of a 23-13 away win over Clonmel, while Skerries ended Enniscorthy’s unbeaten start to the campaign as they go into the tie on the back of a 20-14 home win over the County Wexford side.

Sixth-placed Bruff are away to seventh-placed Omagh Academicals. The County Limerick side recorded their first maximum point win as they ran out 38-15 home winners over City of Derry, while Omagh claimed a losing bonus point from their narrow 13-11 defeat by Bangor.

Clonmel, who are second from bottom and still on four points from away draws against Bruff and Sunday’s Well, make the long trip to Foyleside, to take on City of Derry, who are hovering above the drop zone. The South Tipperary side go into the tie on the back of a 23-13 home defeat by Midleton, while the Foylesiders were defeated 38-15 by Bruff in County Limerick.

Sunday’s Well, who are propping up the table, face a tough assignment as they travel to the Model County to take on Enniscorthy. Sunday’s Well claimed their second losing bonus point from their 13-6 defeat by Tullamore at Musgrave Park, while the County Wexford side have slipped to third following their 20-14 defeat by new leaders Skerries at Holmpatrick.

There are three Munster sides in action in the All Ireland Junior Cup.

Kilfeacle continue their defence of the trophy as they take on Connemara in Clifden.

There is a Munster derby in North Cork as Mallow go head to head with Newcastle West.

In the Munster Junior League, there is action in Conferences C, D and E.

There is a Kingdom derby in Conference D on Saturday as Tralee lock horns with Killorglin. Tralee earned their first points last time out as they ran out 13-8 home winners over Kinsale, while Killorglin have two losing bonus points from three games, including their 12-5 home defeat by Charleville in their last game.

In Conference E, Douglas face a tricky task as they entertain Castleisland. The Kerry side have recorded two maximum point wins from as many games. Douglas claimed all points on offer from their only game to date which they won 28-21 against Bantry Bay at Castletreasure .

There is a full programme of games in Conference C on Sunday.

Leaders Thurles who have claimed maximum points from all of their games to date are at home to Scariff. The East Clare side were defeated 33-0 by second-placed Fethard on home soil last time out.

Second-placed Fethard, who were defeated 45-5  by Thurles last time out, entertain St Mary’s who ran out 15-8 home winners over Dungarvan at Gove Island to record their first win of the campaign.

Fourth-placed Ennis, who were heavily defeated by Thurles in their last game, welcome bottom side Waterford City to the Banner County. This is the Suirsiders’ first game since mid-October, when they claimed a losing bonus point from their 6-5 defeat by Scariff in East Clare.

Dungarvan welcome Mitchelstown, who are seeking their first win, to West Waterford. Dungarvan returned home from Limerick with a losing bonus point from their 15-8 defeat by St Mary’s, while Mitchelstown scored four tries in their 36-24 away defeat by Ennis.

There are three Rebel County derbies in Conference D.

The game of the day is the top of the table clash between Kanturk and Ballincollig in Duhallow. Kanturk are unbeaten with three maximum point wins including their recent 43-17 away win over Charleville. Ballincollig recorded their first bonus point win as they defeated Cobh Pirates 28-7 in East Cork last time out.

Charleville are at home to North Cork opposition for the second successive weekend. They face another tricky task following their heavy 43-17 defeat by Kanturk as they welcome Fermoy, who ran out 17-14 home winners over Kinsale in their last game, to Smith’s Road.

On Friday night Kinsale host Cobh Pirates and the points are vital to both sides as they bid to move away from the relegation battle.

Killarney welcome Youghal to the Kingdom in Conference E. The Kerry side claimed a losing bonus point from their 29-24 defeat by Castleisland, while Youghal are on a single losing bonus point as they were defeated 26-25 by Bantry Bay in their only game to date.

There are two games in Division Two of the Munster League. Dolphin host Waterpark while U.L. Bohemian will be expected to take the spoils from their home tie with Bantry Bay.

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