Meanwhile, Shannon PRO, Andrew McNamara has confirmed that the Shannon team for their opening game against St Marys College will not be announced until Saturday morning. A lengthy injury list coupled with Munster's Celtic League game on Friday night means that coach Geoff Moylan will have an anxious 24 hours. Three of the names on the Shannon squad also appear on the Munster bench for that game with Caerphilly. John O'Neill, Eddie Halvey and James Blaney will not know until tomorrow evening, depending on what part they play, if they are available for selection with Shannon.
Nine players who started in The AIB League final are definitely unavailable. And with Thompson and McMahon's injuries it could well 11. Marcus Horan, Alan Quinlan John Hayes and Brian Buckley all started in the forwards that day back in May. Mossy Lawlor's elevation to the Munster team this season has meant that he has yet to play for his club. Derek Hegarty has made a very successful move to England where he plays with Leeds Tykes while Melvin McNamara has taken a couple of months out to concentrate on his studies.
Division One: Ballymena v Clontarf. Blackrock College v Dungannon. Co. Carlow v Terenure College. Galwegians v Cork Constitution. Garryowen v Buccaneers. St. Marys College v Shannon. UCD v Lansdowne. U.L. Bohemian v Belfast Harlequins.
Division Two. Ballynahinch v Thomond. Bective Rangers v Portadown. Dolphin v DLSP. Midleton v Greystones. Old Belvedere v Sundays Well. Old Crescent v Dublin University. Young Munster v Barnhall.
Division Three. Ballina v City of Derry. Banbridge v Waterpark. Clonakilty v Connemara. Highfield v Queens University. Monkstown v Corinthians. Naas v Skerries. Suttonians v Instonians. Wanderers v Old Wesley. (Matches Kick-off 2.30pm).