Queen’s will play in the All Ireland cup final for the first time when they travel to Munster Senior Cup winners Cork Con.
The students qualified for the last four by beating Ballynahinch at Ravenhill in the Ulster Senior Cup but are missing key trio David Busby, Marc Campbell and Lorcan Dow who are with the Ulster Ravens for their dead rubber match against the Cornish Pirates.
The last time the sides meet was in the final of the original Bateman Cup in 1932 at Lansdowne Road, Queen’s won that tie 19-0 to claim the Cup for the second time.
Queen’s also won the Cup in 1924 and 1937 before the competition was suspended.
The side were due to meet in the second round in 2010 but the game was postponed to a waterlogged pitch and Queen’s were forced to withdraw as they couldn’t field a team on the only date offered to play the game.
As in the Ulster final Queen’s are playing a side two divisions above them in the All Ireland League and Director of Rugby Robbie Moore is hoping despite the Ravens call ups and injuries the students can give a good account of themselves.
“We’re going to a Division 1A side, the boys are keen and we’ll give it lash, and having beating Hinch it will hold no fears for us and we’re looking forward to renewing acquaintances with Chris Quinn,” said Moore.
Quinn was part of the Queen’s side that won the Senior Cup, gained promotion and won the Divisional playoffs in 2010.
The flying full back scored a last gasp try to win the divisional playoff final against Nenagh at Old Belvedere, he had a spell at Ballynahinch before moving to Cork Con in the summer.
Quinn scored the winning penalty in extra time against Garryowen in the Munster Senior Cup final.
“Cork Con have a big and physical pack so we’ll go and do our best and like against Hinch we have an outside chance, were travelling there, they had a battle royal with Garryowen in the Munster Cup final so we know what we’re in for,” added Moore.
“If it’s a reasonable day and we can get some ball we’ll give them a run, the midfield has been going well and Damon Hall can do anything on his day.”
Hall will start at full back with scrum half Paddy Farrell once again switched to the wing with Eion Devlin coming back into the starting line up as Michael McAuley and Paddy Colhoun is still injured.
Captain Stuart McIlwaine is partnered in the centre by Chris Colvin with Connor Spence and Ritchie McMaster at half back.
Front rowers Rory Winters, Ed Scott Bowden and Luke Steele are injured and loose forward Johnny Darling is ruled out.
Hooker David Swann’s second half display in the win at Seapoint last Saturday has earned him a start, Ben Howard is at loose head prop with Johnny Craig completing the first row.
Robert Whitten and Grant Bartley are in the second row, Stuart Hooks is at blindside flanker, Matt Clarke man of the match in the Ulster Senior Cup is at openside with Ryan Clarke at No8.