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Danske Bank Schools’ Cup Round 1 and 2

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup is an annual competition involving schools affiliated to the Ulster Branch of the IRFU.

Last season, Ross Kane became the 36th Methodist College captain to lead his team to success in the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup. The world’s second-oldest rugby competition was first won by Royal School Armagh back in 1876.

With two new stands already built and the main grandstand nearing completion ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day final at Ravenhill, the Schools’ Cup captains will compete to showcase their skills in front of a large crowd at the world class venue.

Ivan McMinn, Head of Corporate Banking at Danske Bank and John Robinson, President of IRFU (Ulster Branch), made the draw for the first round draw of this season’s competition, which includes five previous winners: Foyle College, Grosvenor Grammar School, Regent House, Royal School Dungannon and Wellington College.

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

The fixtures are scheduled to be played on Saturday 11th January 2014.

Speaking at the launch, Ivan McMinn commented: “This is now the ninth year of Danske Bank’s sponsorship of this historic competition. A lot has changed during that time, such as the major redevelopment of Ravenhill and the rebrand of Northern Bank to Danske Bank. But supporting the Schools’ Cup has always been, and continues to be, a central part of Danske Bank’s community involvement and support for youth sport in Northern Ireland. History has shown that the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup is a truly great platform for young rugby talent to shine and I have no doubt that this new season will be no exception.”

The draw was attended by former Belfast Royal Academy pupil Stuart Olding, one of 29 current Ulster Rugby players to have played in the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup. Olding spoke to the captains about his experiences in the competition and how his career developed after leaving school.

2013/14 Danske Bank Schools’ Cup Entry Levels & Provisional Dates

Round 1 – Saturday 11th January 2014

Winners progress to the second round.

Round 2 – Saturday 25th January 2014

The six winners from Round 1 are joined by nine further teams: Bangor Grammar, Belfast Royal Academy, Coleraine Academical Institution, Down High School, Limavady Grammar, Belfast High School, Portora Royal School, Dalriada School and Rainey Endowed School. Eight will progress to the fourth round.

Round 3 – Saturday 8th February 2014

The eight winners from Round 3 will be joined by the remaining eight sides: Ballyclare High School, Ballymena Academy, Campbell College, Methodist College Belfast, Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Royal School Armagh, Wallace High School and Sullivan Upper School. The winners proceed to the quarter finals, semi finals and final.

Quarter finals – Saturday 22nd February 2014
Semi final 1 – Tuesday 4th March 2014 (Ravenhill, 2.30pm)
Semi final 2 – Thursday 6th March 2014 (Ravenhill, 2.30pm)
Final – Monday 17th March 2014 (Ravenhill, 3.00pm)