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Club rugby: Instonians are on target to make step up

By Jonathan Bradley

It will be a busy penultimate day in the lower regions of the All-Ireland League with the impending reshuffle seeing clubs jostle for position throughout the standings.

Instonians are looking to play their way into AIL 2C next season when they welcome Dundalk to Shaw's Bridge in the opening round of the promotion round-robin.

With games against fellow junior provincial winners Clonmel and Connemara to come, the winners of the four-team tournament will play the third from bottom team in 2B for a senior place next year.

The south Belfast side welcome back a host of regulars with Matthew Keane and Robbie Martin bolstering the backline and Fergal Lynch, Robert Whitten and Rory McCurry all coming into the pack.

In AIL 2A, Banbridge travel to Naas knowing they need a win and other results to go their way to stay in the promotion hunt.

Currently fourth, they require second placed Blackrock to slip up at home to Cashel.

Queen's and City of Derry are both looking to maintain their positions in the third tier with top 10 finishes.

The students travel to Skerries knowing a win would make them safe while Derry, currently 12th, host UCC, who sit one place above them, in a crucial contest.

The other two Ulster sides, Rainey and Dungannon, meet at Hatrick Park, both knowing they'll be in the fourth division next year.

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