Boxing Day rugby feast

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IT promises to be a busy day of rugby at Judges Road on Boxing Day with two Youth fixtures kicking off at 11am followed by the Under 19’s at 12.30pm.

The big game of the day starts at 2pm when Cityside lock horns with Waterside in what promises to be a lively encounter with all the first fifteen squad available for selection.

City of Derry Under 15’s and 17’s both play against Foyle College teams at 11am and the Derry sides will be captained by Johnny Gardiner and Daniel Miller respectively.

The Club’s Under 19’s who are captained by Tiernan Thornton play Foyle College also at 12.30pm.

The senior game on Boxing Day will see the Cityside team captained by Cathal Harkin and the Waterside team will also be captained by a front row man in loose head prop Chris Shields.

The big news is that two local legends from the past few seasons will be back in town for Christmas and will line out for the Waterside. They are second row forward Big Bad Boy Phil Brady and the Campsie Steamroller Stephen Stavo Ferguson who will line out at Number 8.

It promises to be a memorable day at Judges Road on Wednesday and everyone is welcome.

While City of Derry returns to action this Saturday with an Ulster Senior League fixture away to Dungannon (KO 2.30pm).

The Judges Road men are currently top of the league on 29 points and unbeaten after six games, while Dungannon are in sixth position 13 points behind, having won three and lost three.

This is a must win fixture for Derry as they play second placed team Ballynahinch on Saturday, December 29, at Judges Road in a fixture that could decide the destination of the league title.

Meanwhile City of Derry’s Stacey Lee Kennedy, who captained Ulster Women’s Team in the Inter Provincial Series over the last three weekends score a try last Sunday in Ulster’s 18-5 victory over Connacht.

This was reward for a great tournament in which a Derry woman captained Ulster for the for the first time; having been beaten by Munster the eventual champions in their first game and also having come close to defeating Leinster the previous weekend. Hannah Kilgore also from City of Derry was also a member of the match day squad last weekend.