Glennon fails to win fitness battle
LANSDOWNE will be without their captain, international centre Brian Glennon, for the All-Ireland League Division One match against Garryowen at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
Glennon had been named in the side, announced earlier in the week, in the hope that he would have recovered from a shoulder injury. That hope has not been realised and Alan Reddan will now move from wing to centre. Peter Devitch will play on the wing in a match of crucial importance to Garryowen. The Limerick club are in second place in the table, behind leaders Shannon on, points difference.
As anticipated, third placed St Mary's College will field an unchanged side for their visit to Young Munster on Saturday.
Cork Constitution, who are also in contention for the title, announced their back five for the home tie against Ballymena yesterday. With international second row Gabriel Fulcher gone to London Irish for the duration of the season, Ultan O'Callahan has been named to partner Kent Murphy in the second row.
Len Dinneen moves from blind side flank to number eight, David Corkery moves from open to blind side, and Gerry Murray will play on the open side flank. The man to lose out in, the reshuffle is Victor Donnelly.
Old Wesley, who play Blackrock, have made one changed from the side that lost to Shannon last Saturday. Mark Wilson, replaces David Bursey in the second row.
Malone will again be without", their international centre Maurice Field for the visit of Division Two promotion contenders Greystones on Saturday. Malone had delayed selection pending a fitness report on Field, who damaged ankle ligaments playing for Ireland against England. Dennis Rumney will again deputise.
NIFC have recalled David Jordan at hooker for their visit to Dolphin, while Joe Cassidy returns on the left wing. Clontarf travel to play Division Two leaders Old Crescent and Derek Maybury has been named at full back, with Mick Fitzsimons switching to the left wing in place of Mark O'Brien. Pat Foley, who missed the win over Dolphin last week, resumes in the second row.