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The League final will be played at the Aviva Stadium

By Michael Sadlier

The Ulster Bank League returns to action this weekend and the much tinkered-with All-Ireland format was given a bit of a publicity boost at yesterday's launch with the confirmation that the Division 1A final will be played out at the Aviva Stadium at the end of this season.

Amid all the fanfare though it is believed that next season it will be all change again when the AIL will be redefined into five divisions, with 10 teams making up each section instead of its current four division format (10 teams in Divisions 1A and 1B and 16 in 2A and 2B).

Yesterday, though, the emphasis was on this campaign as Saturday, May 9 next year was rolled out as the date of the top tier club final which was last hosted at the IRFU's HQ back in 2006.

The only Ulster club to have triumphed on a final day held at Lansdowne Road are Ballymena who lifted the trophy way back in 2003 when they defeated Clontarf.

Ballynahinch are currently the sole Ulster club in the top flight but their goal will be to improve on their initial season in 1A which only saw them survive the drop via a play-off.

It all gets going this weekend with play-offs reintroduced to Division 1A, and with promotion and relegation once again in operation across all four divisions.

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