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Queen's shuffle pack to look at upcoming stars

By Ronnie Ingram

Queen's make at least half a dozen changes for their Ulster Senior League game against Dungannon at Upper Malone this afternoon.

Director of Rugby Robbie Moore commented: "We're still not completely sure who will be released from Ulster duty but Justin Rea and Conor Spence are injured.

"We will be taking the opportunity to look at some of our seconds and Ali Wright will probably team up with John Russell in the half-backs.

"Lorcan Dow has a calf problem and second row Nigel Simpson is unavailable, so Hugh Sloan will probably come in.

"Hopefully Rea and Spence will return for next week's AIL fixture with Bective. We face Dungannon again in the AIL under floodlights on January 30 so this league encounter will be no indicator.

"I know they have not been going too well lately and although our record is better I don't feel we have been firing on all cylinders," he concluded.

David Whann, meanwhile, has been out with a back injury but returns for Ballymena's home game against Armagh.

Braid Director of Rugby Pete McKenzie explained: "It is a big bonus having him back and there will also be a couple of other changes to give some members of the squad game time.

"James Taggart will replace Adam McBurney at hooker and Alan Smith comes into the centre for Paddy James."

Malone should win a bonus point at the expense of Ards and put pressure on Ballynahinch, whose game at Belfast Harlequins has been postponed until January 24.

Five points would bring the Gibson Park side level although they will have played an extra game. City of Derry have the opportunity to move to the top of the table with a victory at Rainey.

They have rested a number of players so Cathal Creggan and Ross Harkin come into the front three, David Houston to the second row and Scott Lindsay to the back row. Adam Bratton moves to the centre and Jack Beattie plays on the wing with Peter Henderson returning to full-back. Stuart Simpson and Andrew Semple are the half-backs.

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