This season’s Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup, the world’s second-oldest rugby competition, was launched at Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday by the participating captains.
Last season, Lewis McNamara led Royal Belfast Academical Institution to its 30th outright Schools’ Cup success, following a 14-10 win over Wallace High School. The competition was first won by Royal School Armagh back in 1876.
The launch also saw Ivan McMinn, Head of Business Acquisition at Danske Bank and Bobby Stewart, President of IRFU (Ulster Branch), conduct the draws for rounds one and two of this season’s competition.
McMinn said: “We are delighted to be entering the eleventh year of our partnership with the Schools’ Cup and it is a relationship we are immensely proud of.
“Supporting youth opportunity and achievement is a central part of our role in the community and the Schools’ Cup is great competition to be involved in. History has shown that the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup is a truly great platform for young talent to shine – you only have to look at today’s Ulster squad for proof of this.
“I am looking forward to another exciting tournament for the teams, supporters and spectators.”
Round 1 – Saturday 5th December 2015
Carrickfergus Grammar School v Strabane Academy
Round 2 – Saturday 9th January 2016
Larne GS V Royal School Armagh
Lurgan College v Portadown College
Cambridge House v Limavady GS
Wellington College v Friends’ School
Royal School Dungannon v Carrickfergus GS/ Strabane Academy
Banbridge Academy v Antrim GS
Belfast HS v Foyle College
Round 3 – Saturday 23rd January 2016
The seven winners from Round 1 are joined by nine further teams: Ballyclare High School,
Bangor Grammar School, Belfast Royal Academy, Dalriada School, Grosvenor Grammar School, Omagh Academy, Portora Royal School, Rainey Endowed School, Regent House School.