Students forced to give up trio to Ravens
Queen's will be far from full strength when they travel to Cork Constitution in the semi-final of the Bateman Cup tomorrow.
They will be without Lorcan Dow, David Busby and Marc Campbell who have been selected for the Ravens in their final British and Irish Cup game against Cornish Pirates.
This comes as a surprise as the Ravens have nothing at stake, whereas Queen's are representing Ulster in the knock-out competition between the provinces' Senior Cup winners.
Also, there are no other senior clubs involved over the weekend so this would have been an opportunity to give experience to young talent and thus allow the students to include their three best players.
"We can expect a very difficult tie against the 1A side as apart from the three Ravens, Michael McAuley is still injured and Norman Sinclair is not available," said Director of Rugby Robbie Moore.
"Our problem is the exams at this time of year but we have Eoin Devlin back on the wing, and Stuart Hooks and Matty Clarke will be in the back row with Robert Whitten moving into the second row to join Grant Bartley. David Swann remains at scrum-half."
The other Bateman Cup semi-final is between UCD and Galwegians.