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Queen's players return to boost league hopes

By Ronnie Ingram

The return of Ritchie McMaster, Eoin Devlin and hopefully Mark Foster should strengthen Queen's for their Ulster Senior League fixture at home to Armagh.

The students lost 29-7 to Ballynahinch at the week-end and will still be without their holidaying players as well as Michael McAuley, Conor Spence and Chris Colvin who will be out for weeks. Robbie Stewart will replace Colvin while Justin Rea should make the bench.

League leaders Ballymena were playing Dungannon in the Jack Kyle Cup on Boxing Day so their squad hasn't been finalised for the visit to Shaw's Bridge to face an Instonians side who make a couple of changes.

Andrew Mairs comes into the second row for the injured Paddy Anderson and Stuart McAllister is in the centre for the holidaying Robbie Kirk.

Ravens' Josh Atkinson has been playing exceptionally well of late, as has Ireland under-19 scrum-half Conor Young so they remain along with Nico Andress at full-back, who was last Saturday's man of the match.

Second-placed Ballynahinch will have much the same squad for their visit to Dungannon although second row forward John Madden is unavailable.

Malone will have one alteration for their encounter at Ards with Rob Haldane returning to out-half after being on university duty.

City of Derry, in joint third with Malone, retain the same pack but there will be three changes to the backs when they entertain a Rainey side that is virtually unaltered.

Adam Parke replaces the injured Adam Bratton in the centre and Ryan Campbell plays on the wing for Stephen Brennan. Mark Robinson returns to take over the full-back berth from Simon Logue who broke his nose last week-end.

Back rows Jonny Graham and Dale Carson and centre Jonny Little are unavailable for Banbridge's game at Belfast Harlequins. Their places in the squad will be taken by Philip Jordan, Paul Ross and centre/wing Chris Leathem.

Senior League (2.30pm): Ards v Malone, Belfast Harlequins v Banbridge, City Of Derry v Rainey OB, Dungannon v Ballynahinch, Instonians v Ballymena, Queens v Armagh.

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