BUCCANEERS are home to Naas in the Energia All-Ireland League at Dubarry Park on Saturday with the action kicking off at 2.30 p.m. The Co. Kildare side, currently sixth on the league table, pipped the Pirates 35-29 in wintry conditions at Tullow pre-Christmas. The Athlone outfit will be bidding to avenge that defeat and will be hopeful that luck may finally change their way. Key to that will be the elimination of basic errors and that influential duo Danny Qualter and Frankie Hopkins will be fit to return to active duty.


The pre-match function for Buccaneers next home game v Naas on Saturday takes on an added significance as the club will be recognising the stalwart service given to Athlone and Buccaneers rugby over many decades by Derry Fitzpatrick and Michael Cleary. They will be granted Honorary Life Memberships at the event so a full house is anticipated. If you wish to join the celebrations, contact Geraldine at 0861732711 or email rugby@dubarrypark.com to book. Groups and individuals can be catered for.

U-20s away to St. Mary’s College

Buccaneers U-20’s game v UCD was postponed last weekend due to the stormy weather. They face another city side next Sunday when they travel to Templeville Road where they face St. Mary’s College in the J.P.Fanagan Leinster Premier League 2. Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m. when Katie Jane Wickham will have charge of the whistle there.

Buccaneers Seconds Bank of Ireland Connacht Junior Cup tie away to Sligo will possibly be rescheduled for Sunday at Hamilton Park where kick-off would likely be 2 p.m.