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On Saturday, Rainey Old Boys welcome leading Junior club Dromore to Hatrick Park for a friendly run out before the competitive business kicks off a week later.  After a struggle to stay in the top tier, Dromore bounced back well to enjoy better fortunes last season.  They have had a steady stream of young players coming through from their feeder school and now that they have been admitted to Schools Cup level, these young prospects can only get better.  The Barban Hill side have always been formidable opponents, even though there are several other clubs in close proximity on the look out for players with clear potential.  KO is early at 1:00pm.

After the mid-season break, the AIL resumes on Saturday with the fixtures coming in the reverse order.  In Division 2B, Barnhall lead the way by five points from Greystones who travel to Barnhall this weekend.  A home win would put the Kildare side well on the way to the title.

 

A dreadful start to the campaign against the fancied teams left Rainey Old Boys bottom of the table after Week 4.  They gradually picked up to move up the table without ever impressing, but a great result in Cork against Sunday's Well gave them the confidence and belief to extend their winning run at home to Dungannon.  While they have had to call on more than forty players, they played very well at The Palace Grounds, scoring three great tries against a very good side two tiers above them.

Weather permitting, Rainey Old Boys will play Dungannon at Hatrick Park on Thursday night (7.45 pm).  This Sony Ulster Premiership League fixture has been brought forward to enable players and spectators to see the international on television on Saturday.  While it is of little importance to either club, they will be hoping to serve up a more entertaining spectacle than they managed when they met in a recent AIL game.  Rainey could take the opportunity to use some players who have been sidelined by short-term injuries.  Scrum-half Jason Bloomfield has not played since before Christmas, versatile back Andrew Donaghy broke a thumb at Wanderers and full-back Michael O'Neill had to retire against Dungannon after taking a bang to the head.