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Schools’ Cup launch 2017 Press Release

Friday, 18 November 2016

PRESS RELEASE
17th NOVEMBER 2016

DANSKE BANK SCHOOLS’ CUP LAUNCH AND OPENING ROUND DRAWS

This season’s Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup, the world’s second-oldest rugby competition, was launched at Kingspan Stadium today by the participating captains.

Last season, Conor Field led Royal Belfast Academical Institution to its 31st outright Schools’ Cup success, following a 13-3 win over Campbell College. The competition was first won by Royal School Armagh back in 1876.

The launch also saw Ian Russell, District Manager at Danske Bank and John McKibbin, President of IRFU (Ulster Branch), conduct the draws for rounds one and two of this season’s competition.

The draw is as follows:

Round 1 – Saturday 03 December 2016
Strabane Academy v Carrickfergus Grammar School
Cambridge House v Larne Grammar School

Round 2 – Saturday 07 January 2017
Belfast High School v Limavady Grammar School
Banbridge Academy v Dromore High School
Foyle College v Regent House
Friends School Lisburn v Antrim Grammar School
Portadown College v Wellington College
Lurgan College v Winner of Strabane Academy / Carrickfergus Grammar School
Winner of Cambridge House / Larne Grammar School v Dalriada School

Speaking at the launch, Ian Russell commented: “This season marks the twelfth year of our partnership with the Schools’ Cup and it is a relationship we are immensely proud of. Supporting sport at youth level is a central part of our role in the community and the Schools’ Cup is great competition to align our brand with.

“History has shown that the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup is a great platform for young talent to be discovered and shine – you only have to look at today’s Ulster and Irish rugby squads for proof of this. I am confident this year’s competition will produce more captivating matches for the teams, supporters and spectators.”

Conducting the draw, John McKibbin said: “The Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup is a competition that is steeped in history and it continues to hold a very significant place in the rugby calendar. I would like to thank Danske Bank for their continued sponsorship and I wish all the competing teams the best of luck as we look all look forward to another exciting year of Schools Cup rugby.”

2016/17 Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup Entry Levels & Provisional Dates:

Round 1 – Saturday 03 December 2016
Strabane Academy v Carrickfergus Grammar School
Cambridge House Grammar School v Larne Grammar School

Round 2 – Saturday 07 January 2017
The two winners from Round 1 will be joined by twelve further teams for the Round 2 draw:
Antrim Grammar School, Banbridge Academy, Belfast High School, Dalriada School, Dromore High School, Foyle College, Friends School Lisburn, Limavady Grammar School, Lurgan College, Portadown College, Regent House, Wellington College.

Belfast High School v Limavady Grammar School
Banbridge Academy v Dromore High School
Foyle College v Regent House
Friends School Lisburn v Antrim Grammar School
Portadown College v Wellington College
Lurgan College v Winner of Strabane Academy / Carrickfergus Grammar School
Winner of Cambridge House / Larne Grammar School v Dalriada School

Round 3 – Saturday 21 January 2017
The seven Round 2 winners are joined by nine further teams for the Round 3 draw:
Ballyclare High School, Bangor Grammar School, Belfast Royal Academy, Coleraine Grammar School, Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, Grosvenor Grammar School, Rainey Endowed School, Royal School Armagh, Royal School Dungannon.

Round 4 – Saturday 04 February 2017
The eight winners from Round 3 will be joined by the remaining eight sides:
Ballymena Academy, Campbell College, Down High School, Methodist College Belfast, Omagh Academy, Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Sullivan Upper School, Wallace High School.

Quarter Finals – Saturday 18 February 2017
Semi Final 1 – Monday 27 February 2017 (Kingspan Stadium, 2.30pm)
Semi Final 2 – Tuesday 28 February 2017 (Kingspan Stadium, 2.30pm)
Final – Friday 17th March 2017 (Kingspan Stadium, 3.00pm)