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Ulster's Stockdale out to inspire Lurgan's GAA players to take up rugby

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale has become an ambassador for the Lurgan Tigers youth section ahead of their 'Game of Two Halves' initiative at Pollock Park this weekend.

The 21-year-old, who was Ulster's top scorer last season and made a try-scoring Ireland debut against USA this summer, has ties to the area with his parents still living just outside the town, and he was happy to lend his support to tomorrow's Community Festival, which aims to introduce local children to a new sport.

In conjunction with St Peter's GAC, the event will see participants play one half of rugby before one half of Gaelic football, all under the watchful eyes of Ulster players Charles Piutau and Schalk van der Merwe and Armagh Gaelic footballers Aaron Findon and Niall McConville.

With over 2,000 kids in the area regularly playing Gaelic games, Lurgan RFC hope to double their own playing figures by tempting 10-15% of that number to give rugby a try. Registration for the event begins in Pollock Park at 10am tomorrow morning.

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