Instonians face a trick trip to Skerries on the opening day of the season boosted by last week’s Ulster Senior league victory against Ards although the performance will need to improve.
Wilbur Leacock’s side won the corresponding fixture by two points last season and give an AIL debut to Kiwi full back Ryan Aperehama.
The 21-year-old arrived at Shaw’s Bridge from Berlin and has been impressive in two Ulster Senior League appearances.
Equally comfortable at out half or full back he is quick and good with the ball in hand.
Winger Johnny Martin faces a late fitness test with Robbie Kirk on the other wing, Matthew McClelland makes his Inst AIL after a summer switch from Rainey and Matt Kilpatrick reverts to his favoured outside centre position.
Former Ulster U20 scrum half Matthew Keane partners Gareth Lawlor at half back.
In the pack after summer arrival from Rainey Peter Stewart makes his first start of the season and partners Chris Sweeney in the second row.