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Antrim bouncing back

Antrim Rugby Club have had fluctuating fortunes over the years but are now on an upward trend again which they hope will culminate in a return to Junior rugby.

Presently they are joint leaders of Minor East 1 with Ballynahinch VI, a team they have already defeated 26-18.

After many years of relative success, in 2007 recruitment dried up and university, work and retirements caused the reduction in numbers and they have been down to one team since.

"There has now been an upward trend and our aim is to move up to Junior status," commented their President Richard Cullen.

"There is an air of optimism around again and our playing record has improved."

Antrim have only lost once in the league this season and that was in September at Holywood III 10-5.

Coach Richard Smyth has played a major part in the team's resurgence.

They have already accumulated 336 points in their 11 games played including an 11-try 77-0 victory at Civil Service II on Saturday.

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