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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

This season’s Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup was launched by participating captains, while the first round draw was at Kingspan Stadium this afternoon.

In March, Michael Lagan became the 37th Methodist College captain to lead his team to victory in the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup, so his successor, Saul Herdman, will be hoping to claim a fourth consecutive title for his school.

Richard Caldwell, Head of Finance Centres at Danske Bank and John Kinnear, President of the IRFU (Ulster Branch), made the draw for the first round of the competition, which included five previous winners: Foyle College, Grosvenor Grammar School, Regent House, Royal School Dungannon and Wellington College.

The draw is as follows:
Banbridge Academy v Antrim Grammar School or Strabane Academy
Friends’ School, Lisburn v Portadown College
Limavady Grammar School v Wellington College
Regent House v Royal School Dungannon
Cambridge House Grammar School v Grosvenor Grammar School
Carrickfergus Grammar School v Lurgan College
Foyle College v Larne Grammar School

The fixtures are scheduled to be played on Saturday 10th January 2015.

Prior to these games Antrim Grammar School and Strabane Academy will meet on Saturday 6th December to earn a place in the first round.

The seven Round 1 winners will be joined in the second round draw by Bangor Grammar School, Belfast High School, Belfast Royal Academy, Dalriada School, Down High School, Omagh Academy, Portora Royal School, Rainey Endowed School and Royal School Armagh. Methodist College, along with seven other seeded teams, will enter the competition in Round 3.

Speaking at the launch, Richard Caldwell commented:

“We are entering the 10th year of our partnership with Schools’ Cup and it is a relationship we are immensely proud of. History has shown that the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup is a truly great platform for young rugby talent to shine – you only have to look at today’s Ulster squad for proof of this.

“Supporting this tournament has always been, and continues to be, a central part of our community involvement and support for youth sport in Northern Ireland and we wish all teams competing in the tournament the best of luck.”

The draw was attended by former Methody pupil Paul Marshall, one of 25 current Ulster Rugby players to have played in the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup. Marshall spoke to the captains about his experiences in the competition and how his career has developed since then.600400p798EDNMainSC 4 600