Its very much a case of how you were for Rush ahead of the start of the truncated season.

The Kenure club has been incredibly successful at youth level over the past decade, and with those youngsters now coming of age, you get the feeling that they could be on the cusp of pushing on at senior level.

Ireland Wolves player Stephen Doheny takes the skippers armband and is relishing the start of the new season.

(Rush captain Stephen Doheny)

Im looking forward to getting back out on the pitch immensely.

"Hopefully with the mix of youth and experience we can put some good performances together. With the season being shortened it provides us with a great opportunity to find a balance in our team that suits our style of play.

"Last season we showed glimpses of what we could do and I have plenty of confidence in this group of players to put in some exciting performances."

Like nearly all Irish clubs they have opted against bringing in an overseas player.

The club have tipped Brandon Morris as one to keep an eye on for the future. He enjoyed  a prolific 2019 with their seconds, and is expected to feature in at least a few games this season.

With Irish youth internationals Neil Rock and Nathan McGuire also in the top order, there is plenty of explosive talent there, and allied with the wise heads of new-ball pairing Allan Eastwood and Jarred Barnes, there are plenty of reasons for optimism.

They have been placed in Group A of the league and their fixtures are as follows:

  • Leinster v Rush (July 25)
  • Pembroke v Rush (August 1)
  • Rush v Phoenix (August 8)
  • Dublin University v Rush (August 15)
  • Rush v Merrion (August 22)
  • Rush v North Kildare (August 29)