Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

That’s Howe to win, Tyrone tells finalists

Bringing business to the rugby field are MCB captain Niall Annett, (left), Tyrone Howe from Schools' Cup sponsors Northern Bank, and RBAI captain Daryl Maxwell. The former Ireland international passed on his top tips for success to the young players ahead of tomorrow's final

Former rugby international Tyrone Howe has given some tips for success to the team captains contesting this year’s Northern Bank Schools’ Cup final.

The former Ulster, Ireland and British Lions player, now corporate acquisitions manager at the bank, met the young captains at Ravenhill to dispense some secrets to success — both in sport and business.

Speaking to the captains, Mr Howe said: “Rugby can teach young sports stars key skills in the business environment. There is a clear correlation between the two and I hope that all of the boys remember and use what they will learn from this experience to advance their own successful careers. It is interesting what business tactics you can bring to the field, the simplest being to make sure you have a definite plan of action and to be prepared to adopt a backup plan.”

He added: “From my experience on the field and in my current role at Northern Bank, communication and team work are crucial to success. My job is to build corporate relationships with the top businesses in Northern Ireland and these aspects are of the highest importance when delivering.”

Royal Belfast Academical Institution will face tournament favourites Methodist College Belfast to battle it out for the prestigious title. The final will be played tomorrow at Ravenhill rugby ground.

Methody captain Niall Annett said it had been “inspirational” to meet a former rugby great who has also gone on to succeed in the business world.

Northern Bank has extended its sponsorship for the Schools' Cup, the world’s second oldest rugby competition, for a further three years.

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