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Banbridge to test students when they take on Queens

By Jonathan Bradley

Banbridge will be aiming to make it two wins from two in All-Ireland League 2A when they visit Queen's for an Ulster derby this afternoon.

Daniel Soper's men began their campaign with a bonus-point victory over Cashel at Rifle Park as their dangerous back three ran riot.

Queen's should pose more of a threat, but the visitors are boosted by the return of captain Johnny Graham.

His return means that Ryan Patterson moves from No.8 into the second row while Scott Nelson comes in at scrum-half and James McCrum gets the nod at tighthead.

The students, still searching for their best XV, are boosted by the return of an Ulster under-20 quintet with Jack Owens and Jacob Stockdale coming into the backline, Zac McCall starting at hooker and both Lorcan Dow and Sean O'Hagan coming onto the bench.

Elsewhere in 2A today, Rainey Old Boys, who beat City of Derry in a tight Ulster-derby last weekend, will look to carry their recent momentum into a contest with Seapoint.

City of Derry will need to produce a strong showing if they are to bounce back from that loss as they face a testing contest with an NUIM Barnhall side who comfortably got the better of Blackrock last week.

Nigel Brady will be looking for a response from his Dungannon side when they meet Old Wesley at Donnybrook after they began life in 2A with a defeat to Nenagh Ormond.

Meanwhile in AIL 2B, Armagh welcome Navan to the Palace Grounds and both sides will be looking to maintain winning starts to the campaign.

Andy Hughes' squad overcame Old Crescent while Navan got the better of newly promoted Kanturk.

Ulster's other representative in 2B will not be in action this weekend after Ards' game with Bruff was postponed following the sudden death last week of one of the Limerick side's players.

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