Buccs Travel To Ballynahinch

Buccaneers head north for the second successive away fixture with a trip to Ballymacarn Park on Saturday to face Ballynahinch at 2.30 p.m.

Ballyhinch are always a tough test on the elevated grounds near the mountains of Mourne. They currently lie fifth in Division 1B having one won, drawn one and lost one of their three fixtures to date.

Like the Pirates, Ballynahinch got their first win of the season last Saturday, a 32-17 victory away to Old Belvedere where they were helped by the inclusion of a handful of players available from Ulster.

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Front rowers Campbell Classon, Claytan Milligan and Zack McCall have worn the red hand shirt as has lock Bradley Luney while Callum McLaughlin has featured at centre.

James Simpson, Ollie Lougheed and Conall Bloomer are regulars in Hinch’s pack with flying winger Aaron Cairns captaining the Ulster club who are now under the tutelage of wily coach Brian
McLaughlin.

Rory Moloney and Callum Boland are likely to miss this game too due to injury while Shane Layden and Corey Reid continue their rehab.

However, Buccs will be greatly boosted by their win and the manner of it over Old Wesley, the game time there being invaluable to Luke Carty and Conor Kenny.

If the Pirates can build on that performance, then it should be a right good battle up North on Saturday.

U-20’s kick off at home to NUIG

Buccaneers commence their J.P.Fanagan Leinster U-20 League campaign with a Connacht derby at home to NUI Galway at Dubarry Park on Sunday afternoon.

This Premier 2 contest gets under way at 3 p.m, Buccs having had no match since their narrow qualifier win over Galwegians, who subsequently also qualified for this division.

The Athlone outfit have some potent talent in their ranks, although likely to be without Colm Reilly, Michael Hanley, Thomas McGann and Frank Hopkins who are doing well currently with the
First XV.

James Kelly, Darren Browne and Harry O’Reilly are a very promising front row trio and the side would benefit further if Niall Murray and Liam Winnett are available.

Sam Kroupa looks an exciting lock and Saul O’Carroll, Sean Flynn, Darragh Murray, Tom Applebee, Fergus Galvin and Conor McMahon are others well equipped to play at this level.

Meanwhile Conor Watt and Gianlucca Monticonte add a cosmopolitan feel to the Pirates crew.