AIL semi-finals: Preview

Cork Constitution will be slight favourites to beat Buccaneers in the All-Ireland League semi-final at Temple Hill on Saturday.

Cork Constitution will be slight favourites to beat Buccaneers in the All-Ireland League semi-final at Temple Hill on Saturday.

There is some confusion over which players will be available to them. Wing Anthony Horgan could be a valuable inclusion.

Otherwise, their AIL regulars will be all on board.

Buccs have already secured the Connacht Senior League and Connacht Senior Cup and they have broken new ground with first-time wins at Templeville Road and Temple Hill this season.

Connacht assistant coach John McKee has driven his squad to the club’s third All Ireland semi-final and he will not stray too far away from the players, like the back row of Gavin Schoeman, Eoin Brennan and Dave Kelly, that have been ever-present.

Meanwhile Shannon will be missing number eight Gareth Noonan for their semi-final against Belfast Harlequins at Thomond Park.

Frankie Roche and Jerry Flannery have been selected for Munster on Friday, while Trevor Hogan and Eddie Halvey will be on the bench for the province.

If Harlequins out-half Ajay Derwin (neck) and Louis Stevenson (shoulder) do not recover from their injuries, Under-20 Johnny McClaughlin and Stuart Lamb will be the frontrunners for inclusion.



BELFAST HARLEQUINS (v Shannon): J Lowe; W Slabbert, S Wilson, G Mitchell, C Atkinson; A Derwin, R Spee; J Carey, R Best, S Shawe, L Stevenson, L McGowan, D Barbour, P Minnis, C McCarey.

BUCCANEERS (v Cork Constitution): N O'Hara; J Meagher, S Stephens, W Wallace, P O'Sullivan; D Connellan C Keane; F Boiroux, G Halligan, M Cahill, N Smullen, C Short, G Schoeman, E Brennan, D Kelly.


DUBLIN UNIVERSITY (v Old Belvedere): T Horner; P Howard, B Kinsella, B Hastings, E Condren; K McGowan, C McShane; N Conlon, M Crokett, F Gainer, M Garvey, M Warburton, E Molloy, H Hogan, J Heaslip.

OLD BELVEDERE (v Dublin University): E Devitt; E Fitzgerald, R Aiono, P McKenna, C Devine; D Fitzgerald, C St Lawrence; D Campbell, A Linnane, R Keane, H Kos, T Whelan, AN Other, S Rockett, J Logan.

UCC (v UL-Bohemian): D Hurley/R Lane; C Murphy, C Quaid/D O'Kane, J O'Flynn, P Hurley; B Keeshan/C Quaid, F Murphy; F Gately, R Quinn, V Soden, A Laffin, D Ryan/R Noonan, S O'Connell, H O'Flynn, D O'Neill.


ARDS (v Highfield): S Paul; N Beggs, S Devoy, N Stewart, R McClements; S Bell, N Hollinger; P Eccles, R Fisher, J Edwards, D Tweed, G Presho, M Creighton, J McDowell, M O'Shaughnessy.

CITY Of DERRY (v Greystones): I Orr; C Mitchell, D McAleese, D Brown, R Campbell; R McCarter, S Smyth; D Witherow, T Windell, A Jackson, B Prue, B McKillop, S Corr, M Black, N Stewart.

More in this section

CourtsRugbyHeathrowPlace: Temple HillPlace: Templeville RoadPlace: Thomond ParkPerson: Anthony HorganPerson: John McKeePerson: Gavin SchoemanPerson: Eoin BrennanPerson: Dave KellyPerson: ShannonPerson: Gareth NoonanPerson: Frankie RochePerson: Jerry FlanneryPerson: Trevor HoganPerson: Eddie HalveyPerson: Ajay DerwinPerson: Louis StevensonPerson: Johnny McClaughlinPerson: Stuart LambPerson: J LowePerson: W SlabbertPerson: S WilsonPerson: G MitchellPerson: C AtkinsonPerson: A DerwinPerson: R SpeePerson: J CareyPerson: R BestPerson: S ShawePerson: L StevensonPerson: L McGowanPerson: D BarbourPerson: P MinnisPerson: C McCareyPerson: N O'HaraPerson: J MeagherPerson: S StephensPerson: W WallacePerson: P O'SullivanPerson: D ConnellanPerson: C KeanePerson: F BoirouxPerson: G HalliganPerson: M CahillPerson: N SmullenPerson: C ShortPerson: G SchoemanPerson: E BrennanPerson: D KellyPerson: T HornerPerson: P HowardPerson: B KinsellaPerson: B HastingsPerson: E CondrenPerson: K McGowanPerson: C McShanePerson: N ConlonPerson: M CrokettPerson: F GainerPerson: M GarveyPerson: M WarburtonPerson: E MolloyPerson: H HoganPerson: J HeaslipPerson: E DevittPerson: E FitzgeraldPerson: R AionoPerson: P McKennaPerson: C DevinePerson: D FitzgeraldPerson: C St LawrencePerson: D CampbellPerson: A LinnanePerson: R KeanePerson: H KosPerson: T WhelanPerson: AN OtherPerson: S RockettPerson: J LoganPerson: D HurleyPerson: R LanePerson: C MurphyPerson: C QuaidPerson: D O'KanePerson: J O'FlynnPerson: P HurleyPerson: B KeeshanPerson: F MurphyPerson: F GatelyPerson: R QuinnPerson: V SodenPerson: A LaffinPerson: D Ryan/R NoonanPerson: S O'ConnellPerson: H O'FlynnPerson: D O'NeillPerson: S PaulPerson: N BeggsPerson: S DevoyPerson: N StewartPerson: R McClementsPerson: S BellPerson: N HollingerPerson: P EcclesPerson: R FisherPerson: J EdwardsPerson: D TweedPerson: G PreshoPerson: M CreightonPerson: J McDowellPerson: M O'ShaughnessyPerson: I OrrPerson: C MitchellPerson: D McAleesePerson: D BrownPerson: R CampbellPerson: R McCarterPerson: S SmythPerson: D WitherowPerson: T WindellPerson: A JacksonPerson: B PruePerson: B McKillopPerson: S CorrPerson: M BlackEvent: AILEvent: All-Ireland LeagueEvent: Connacht Senior LeagueEvent: Connacht Senior CupEvent: All Ireland semi-finalOrganisation: Cork ConstitutionOrganisation: BuccaneersOrganisation: BuccsOrganisation: ConnachtOrganisation: Belfast HarlequinsOrganisation: MunsterOrganisation: HarlequinsOrganisation: ShannonOrganisation: Dublin UniversityOrganisation: Old BelvedereOrganisation: UCCOrganisation: UL-BohemianOrganisation: ArdsOrganisation: HighfieldOrganisation: Greystones
Price info
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox