Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Rugby Schools’ Cup: Antrim Grammar

Each week in Local Heroes we look at the teams competing in this |season’s Rugby Schools’ Cup. Next up is Antrim Grammar with coach Brian Baguley giving us the low-down on his squad.

James Patterson - A winger with very quick feet and the unique ability to pass the ball thirty metres. Offers interesting options on attack.

David Walker - A fullback whose positional play is outstanding. He has courage, pace and the ability to kick with both feet.

Michael Alexander - A nippy wing who runs great lines and has an eye for the tryline. Incredibly courageous on defence.

Brent Esler - A wing you has bulked up and offers serious pace. He certainly has the white line fever so essential to all wingers.

Adam Gray - A centre who could play in any position in the backline. Fantastic skill and a very well educated left boot. His kicking is invaluable to the side.

Thomas Shannon - A centre whose crash tackling will be a feature in the cup competition. He has also developed the ability to keep the ball alive effectively in contact.

Supreet Jayaprakash - A young centre who has incredible strength, can pass of both hands and whose attitude and work ethic is second to none. Supreet is a member of the Ulster under 17 squad.

Michael Smith - A flyhalf who is deceptively quick and possesses a finely tuned ability to read space and put his team mates into that space.

Andrew Patterson - A scrumhalf who relishes contact and is not afraid to make big decisions.

Benji Cathcart - A scrumhalf who is very comfortable on the ball. Passes excellently off both hands and has an accurate boot.

Callum McGreneghan - A young openside flanker whose work rate is phenomenal. Expect him to make that final tackle or receive that final pass to score in the corner.

Scott McLean - An openside flanker who is as quick as any wing about. His low centre of gravity and super handling skills will make him a real threat.

Graeme McCormick - A lanky, highly skilled lock in the John Eales mould guarantees the team a steady stream of lineout possession. His handling ability makes him equally effective in the loose.

Walter Todd – A lock who has quietly gone about improving his game to become one of the senior players in the team. Honest, hardworking and technically proficient.

Mike McFarland - A tighthead who is unusually mobile. He learns very quickly and is fast putting pressure on the more established members of the front row.

Jack Parte - A loosehead prop who does not stand back to anyone. An intelligent player who combines technique with determination.

Scott Stevenson - A hooker who carries the ball well and is very strong in contact. His low centre of gravity make him dangerous with ball in hand. His handling skills make him worthy of the 4th loose forward tag.

Andrew Cullen - A hooker who is developing game by game. A strong ball carrier and scrummager.

Greg Heaney – A centre who has improved immeasurably since the beginning of the season. Crash tackling and leadership in midfield are his two greatest assets.

Lee Dougan - A senior member of the pack who has led by example throughout the season. His strength, commitment and scrummaging power will be an invaluable asset in the cup campaign.

Scott McLeneghan - An athletic lock/loose forward whose defensive and lineout abilities are important to the team’s ambitions. Fully committed and passionate about his team and the game.

Aaron McFarland – A powerfully set tight-head who could pose problems for opposing packs if and when he gets his chance to shine.

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