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'My heart is broken... and we just hope they reconsider this decision'

As Ulster Schools' Rugby chiefs stand firm and insist Friends' must play BRA tomorrow, despite the Lisburn school's students being on a ski trip, the recently widowed mother of a player makes an emotional plea...

By Jonathan Bradley

There were no signs that the Ulster Schools' Committee were set for a U-turn that would see Friends' able to field a full-strength team in their Schools' Cup quarter-final clash with BRA.

With the majority of the squad currently on a ski trip, competition organisers were holding firm in insisting the game is to be played tomorrow.

Bernadette Beckett has pleaded for a rethink to allow son Owen to honour his father Nevin, who passed away before the last round.

She said: "My heart is broken and we just hope they reconsider the decision that's been made."

Full story: Pushing back match would allow Owen to honour late dad: mum

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