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Campbell College geared up for Festival of Rugby

By Niall Crozier

The Ulster Schools' and Ulster Clubs’ Under 18s will be in action in next week’s Campbell College-hosted Festival of Rugby which runs from Monday until Wednesday.

Lancashire Schools' U18s and their Yorkshire counterparts will provide the opposition for the two Ulster teams in what should be a high quality tournament.

And moving up one year, the Ulster Schools' and Clubs’ Under-19 Summer Development squads will be on duty on Thursday afternoon. They are scheduled to square up at Chambers Park, Portadown (3pm).

Meanwhile a trio of injured Irish internationals are scheduled to return to action this weekend.

Denis Leamy, Donnacha Ryan and Ian Dowling have been named in the Munster squad for Friday night’s pre-season friendly against Leicester Tigers at Musgrave Park (7pm).

Leamy has been out of action since undergoing a knee operation in the aftermath of his impressive display against Perpignan last December, while fellow-forward Ryan has been sidelined since February by a shoulder injury which also required surgery.

Winger Dowling missed the final few games of last season with a knee injury.

All three have been at Munster’s week-long training camp in La Manga which, according to head coach Tony McGahan, has been “hugely beneficial”.

“In terms of preparation, the facility here in La Manga has been excellent and we've managed to get in quality core rugby work along with valuable organisational matters,” a happy McGahan commented.

“Leicester Tigers on Friday and Gloucester next week provides us with the ideal opponents ahead of the competitive start to the season.”

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