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Ballynahinch switch top of table clash to Wallace High School

No rugby at Ballynahinch RFC as Ballymacarn Park is under a thick blanket of snow

No rugby at Ballynahinch RFC as Ballymacarn Park is under a thick blanket of snow

There is no doubting the match of the day in the Ulster Bank All Ireland Division 1B as the top two Ballynahinch and Dublin University clash.

With Ballymacarn Park unplayable after the snow this week the game has been switched to Wallace High School with a 2.30pm kick off.

Hinch have a five point lead over the students and are still unbeaten with seven wins and a draw after they fought back from a 15-0 deficit to take a share of the spoils last time out at Malone.

Hinch were deal a blow when winger Chris Quinn disolacted his shoulder in a trial for the Irish club team last Saturday so Michael Lawton comes in with Aaron Ferris and Adam Craig completing the back three.

Stuart Morrow and Robin Hart are in midfield with Blane McIlroy and James Thompson at half back.

In the pack prop Connor Carey is injured, hooker Rob Herring has not been released by Ulster and lock John Donnan is away with the Ireland U20’s.

Chris Stevenson, Gavin Armstrong and Johhny Simpson form the front row.

Chris Napier and James Simpson are in the second row, Neil Fallon, Johnny Madden and Michael Graham are in the back row.

A win last time out at Dublin University has seen Belfast Harlequins move up to fourth just five points of the play off spot.

Adam Larkin’s side face a real test as third placed Buccaneers travel to Deramore Park.

Ulster full back Adam D’Arcy and Ravens No8 Sean O’Connell are long term absentees due to injury while out half Stuart Olding and winger Rory Scholes are away on Irish U20 duty.

In the pack Ulster front row duo Niall Annett and Richard Lutton are available.

Scrum half Michael Heaney has been released by Ulster and he will partner Michael Kettyle at half back.

Malone travel to Dublin for a mid table clash with Blackrock.

Jacque Benade’s side enjoyed a bonus point win over Quins in the Ulster League in their last outing but are without Irish U20 trio prop Chris Taylor, flanker Connor Joyce and scrum half John Creighton.

Niall O’Connor is also missing but prop Jake Caulfield and lock Alan O’Connor are expected to start.

With two teams automatically going down from Division 1B Ballymena and Dungannon are involved in a dog fight.

Ballymena are bottom are face a tough away trip to UCD.

John Andrews side lost in the All Ireland Cup semi final to Cork Con last week and are without injured prop Simon Shawe.

Ulster full back RickyAndrew is available so Timmy Small switches to the wing.

Tom Hughes has recovered from injury and he starts in the centre with Peter Budina, Scott Gibson and Rory Drysdale are at half back.

Connor Smyth, Matthew Harkness and Darryl O’Kane all return to the pack.

Dungannon are ahead of Ballymena on points difference and they welcome Bruff to Stevenson Park, the Munster side are eight and a point in front of Paddy Johns men.

Dual status scrum half James Bates is with Clogher Valley so Jake Finlay or Gareth McGonigle are in contention to start.

Flanker Rowan Halsall has returned to the club and Glen Telford has recovered from a long term injury.

 

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