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New spark of life to schools season

A new under-18 competition has been launched to gives schools more competitive rugby at school level.

A new under-18 competition has been launched to gives schools more competitive rugby at school level.

The North West Schools rugby cup was launched by the North West Institute and the draw was made at the North West Institute of Further and Higher Education.

In the premier division Foyle and Londonderry College and Coleraine Academical Institute will play in a one-off game to decide the winners.

In the first division St Columb's College, Limavady College, Lumen Christi, Causeway Institute and Glenties will battle it out.

A spokesman said: "This competition will provide a level of competitive rugby which is currently lacking in the North West.

"Schools and colleges from all over the region will take part in the two division which reflect the standards of the game at under-18 level.

"The Cup offers local school students the extended opportunity to play the game at school/college level.

"It forms part of the North West Institute's commitment to rugby development in the area.

"And it will also enable new players to experience the game at a competitive level while helping to develop the sport in what have been non-traditional areas.

"Although this year the competition will be run in a blitz format, it is hoped to build upon that next year which games being played out over consecutive weeks."

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