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Stevenson to drive Bangor, while Omagh make AIL return

 

By Michael Sadlier

With what was a challenging first season back in the AIL safely negotiated, Bangor come into this campaign intent on thriving. And having recruited former Ulster lock Lewis Stevenson as player/coach, while Jason Morgan now oversees affairs from the touchline, the Upritchard Park club are confident they have absorbed the steep learning curve that faced them last term when they finished eighth in Division 2C.

They host Tullamore and are boosted by the return to AIL action of flanker Jamie Clegg and lock Dave Caughey from their long-term injuries.

Director of Rugby Danny Curran said: "We've beefed up our pack with Lewis Stevenson on board and there is a good feeling about the place. We are confident of starting well."

The only other Ulster representative in the division is Omagh, who make a first return to AIL action for 20 years when they travel to meet Bruff.

Omagh coach Phil Marshall said: "It doesn't come much tougher than an away trip to Bruff but we're delighted to be here."

Meanwhile, in 2A, Malone are at Nenagh with Paddy Armstrong's squad - Chris Henry and Josh Pentland are assisting the head coach - aiming to go one better than losing out in last season's play-offs.

Newly promoted Armagh, coached by ex-Ulster player Willie Faloon, host Greystones while Queen's University are at Corinthians.

Rainey begin life in 2B by hosting Old Crescent while Belfast Harlequins and Dungannon are at home to Navan and Skerries respectively. City of Derry are at Wanderers.

Div 2A: Cashel v Galwegians, Armagh v Greystones, Corinthians v QUB, Highfield v Blackrock, Nenagh Ormond v Malone.

Div 2B: Belfast Quins v Navan, Dungannon v Skerries, Barnhall v Sunday's Well, Rainey v Old Crescent, Wanderers v City of Derry.

Div 2C: Bangor v Tullamore, Bruff v Omagh, Midleton v Seapoint, Thomond v Sligo.

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