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Where there's a Will, Derry hope there's a winning way, with their new Kiwi arrival

 

By Ronnie Ingram

City of Derry are delighted to have New Zealander Trevor Will as their new coach and his expert knowledge combined with the addition of a number of new recruits will strengthen the Judge's Road squad.

Will, who coached Foyle College from 2004 for a couple of seasons, returned to his homeland and has been involved with a number of clubs including the assistant's role to Connacht's new coach Kieran Keane at Hawkes Bay.

Richard McCarter is also in the coaching set-up and his experience with the club over many years will be most helpful to the backs. His out-half position has been taken by Neil Burns whose inspiration and kicking ability has paid dividends.

Former captain David Ferguson, who broke his arm in the play-off game against Sunday's Well two seasons ago, makes a welcome return although he will be playing at wing forward instead of hooker.

Derry could find a rejuvenated Malone difficult to handle in the First Trust Senior Cup at Gibson Park.

The AIL 2A team, coached by Paddy Armstrong, have recruited successfully in the close season. Ross Todd returns after playing for Dublin University.

Ryan Clarke, Johnny Craig and Scott Finlay all transfer from Queen's while Davy McMaster and Peter Cooper join from Belfast Harlequins. Joe Dunleavy (City of Derry), Matthew Dalton (Carrick) and Niall McGrattan (Donaghadee) have also joined. Jack Knox has stepped up from the under 18s.

Quins face a tough struggle against holders Ballynahinch.

In a closely contested game Queen's proved too strong for Dungannon at Stevenson Park but this time they meet at Upper Malone.

In the remaining tie Banbridge travel to Rainey.

Armagh, Ballymena, Bangor and Omagh received byes.

Meanwhile, Ulster Schools make one change for the Leinster clash at Campbell College (3pm) following Monday's 10-9 defeat at Munster with winger Chris Larmour coming in for Methody school-mate Ethan McIlroy.

Meanwhile, Ballymena supply five players for the Ulster team's first game in the U19 Inter-Pro series against Connacht tomorrow afternoon at The Sportsground (1.00pm).

The experienced Oisin Jordan and Azur Allison will be in the pack while out-half Bruce Houston and winger Mark Thompson are also included with Ben Savage on the bench.

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