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All the fixtures and referees for busy All-Ireland League rugby week-end

LIMERICK clubs face a tense week-end with important games beckoning next Saturday in the All-Ireland League.
Successive defeats to Clontarf and UCD have seen Garryowen slip from joint fourth in division one A to joint third from bottom; Young Munster are in a similar position while Shannon are the best of the trio of Shannonsiders, dropping one place to fourth. All have played four games.
This week-end Garryowen make the journey to Temple Hill in Cork and, on current form, will do well to come away with some points. Shannon host UCC and will be expected to win while Young Munster face a big challenge when they entertain Lansdowne in Tom Clifford Park.
In division 2A fifth placed UL Bohemian will be boosted by their away win in Blackrock last week-end and will be hoping for ‘some of the same’ on the road when they take on Navan. Old Crescent badly need to get their challenge back on track and a victory is crucial when they entertain Highfield in Rosbrien.
In division 2C, Limerick’s two competing clubs, Thomond and Bruff are also in action. The royal blues showed early promise and they put up a commendable show away to Malahide last week-end, going down 24-22. This Saturday they face another difficult away fixture, a visit to Ballina who are currently third in the table.
Local referees are also going to be in action over the week-end. Cork’s Frank Murphy is on international action, as he is an assistant referee at the Principality Stadium on Saturday where Wales host Scotland for the Doddie Weir Cup. Olly Hodges is also on international duty as TMO in Twickenham for the meeting of England and South Africa.
On Friday, Former Old Crescent player Andrew Brace (pictured) takes charge of Ospreys against Glasgow in the Guinness Pro14, with Kieran Barry as one of his assistant referees.
There are also three local Friday Night Lights games in the All-Ireland League, with Joy Neville on the whistle for Terenure versus Dublin University in Lakelands, Leo Colgan is in Castle Avenue for Clontarf against UCD and Sean Gallagher heads to Tipperary for Cashel against Nenagh Ormond.
There are a host of AIL fixtures across the league on Saturday, and Sunday sees George Clancy as referee, along with Stuart Gaffikin as assistant ref and Brian MacNeice as TMO in Wales when Cardiff welcome Zebre to the Arms Park in the Pro14. John Lacey referees the Con v Garryowen game.
Here is the full list of fixtures and IRFU Referee Appointments: 2nd – 4th November, 2018.
Friday 4th November
Guinness Pro14
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors: Andrew Brace (Ref), Kieran Barry (AR1)
All-Ireland League
Division 1A
Terenure v Dublin University: Joy Neville (Ref)
Clontarf v UCD: Leo Colgan (Ref)
Cashel v Nenagh Ormond: Sean Gallagher (Ref)
Saturday 3rd November
Autumn Internationals
Wales v Scotland: Frank Murphy (AR2)
England v South Africa: Olly Hodges (TMO)
Guinness Pro14
Connacht v Dragons: Jonny Erskine (AR1), Robert O’Sullivan (AR2), Leo Colgan (TMO)
All-Ireland League
Division 1A
Cork Con v Garryowen: John Lacey (Ref)
Young Munster v Lansdowne: Mark Patton (Ref)
Shannon v UCC: Chris Busby (Ref)
Division 1B
Naas v Ballynahinch: Chris Harrington (Ref)
Banbridge v Old Wesley: Jonathan Peak (Ref)
Buccaneers v Malone: Nigel Correll (Ref)
Ballymena v Armagh: Paul Haycock (Ref)
Division 2A
Dolphin v Galwegians: Chris Lough (Ref)
Navan v UL Bohemian: Dan Carson (Ref)
Old Crescent v Highfield: Dermot Thomas-Blake (Ref)
QUB v Blackrock College: Richard Horgan (Ref)
Division 2B
Wanderers v Belfast Harlequins: Ken Imbusch (Ref)
Greystones v Sligo: Peter Martin (Ref)
MU Barnhall v Sunday’s Well: Richard Kerr (Ref)
Rainey OB v Skerries; Shane Kierans (Ref)
Galway Corinthians v Dungannon: Eoghan Cross (Ref)
Division 2C
Tullamore v Bangor: Barry Moloney (Ref)
City of Derry v Omagh: Colm Roche (Ref)
Ballina v Thomond: Enda O’Shea (Ref)
Bruff v Thomond: Enda O’Shea (Ref)
Midleton v Malahide: Jason Cairns (Ref)
Sunday 4th November
Guinness Pro14
Cardiff v Zebre: George Clancy (Ref), Stuart Gaffikin (AR1), Brian MacNeice (TMO)

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