Schools’ Cup Profile: Friends School
Each week we will look at the teams competing in this season’s Rugby Schools’ Cup. Next up is Friends’ School, Lisburn with acting coach Stephen Robinson giving the low-down on his squad.
Johnny MacCorkell (Prop) - A strong, sturdy prop capable of holding his ground against any pack. With a good, hard-hitting running game Johnny is a key player in open play too.
David Seeds (Prop/hooker) - A very dynamic player with the ability to play anywhere in the front row. A good lineout throw and a considerable amount of pace make him a great talent.
Chris Sloan (Hooker) - Strong in the scrum and consistent at the lineout, Chris has good skills which translate into good performances on the pitch.
Sam Preston (Prop) – With his solid ability in the line-out and good work rate around the pitch Sam adds to the dynamic front row and bring great drive at scrum and ruck time.
Ryan Wilson (Second Row/Back Row) – A versatile forward who carries the ball well and tackles consistently. He offers good options at the lineout and enjoys ruck time, especially when given a chance to steal ball.
Jamie Robinson (Second row) - Another valuable forward. Jamie’s presence at scrums and lineouts makes him an important part of the squad.
Jamie McFarland (Second row) - An experienced player with a great work rate. Jamie is a key part of the set piece and always shows great determination on the pitch.
James McCullough (Back Row) – A consistent back row player who offers plenty of options in open play and also the lineout. He enjoys ruck time and is a motivational player to the team.
Paddy Armstrong (Back Row) - A very sturdy player with an aptitude for tight play. His high tackle rate reflects his work rate on the pitch. Deceptively quick and strong he is able to break defensive lines with ease.
Alisdair Trimble (Back-Row, Captain) - Very mobile and effective back rower. His small stature is made up for by his aggression in the tackle and ruck situation. Being made captain in Lower Sixth is a big honour for Ali and he leads the team well.
David McGuigan (Number 8) - Ulster U17 squad member and vice captain. Good runner from the base of the scrum with a good head for general open play and loves contact situations.
Ben Semple (Scrum-half) - A sharp, accurate pass, great vision and a stealthy break make Ben an ideal scrum-half. Also a superb defender with great determination and a strong tackle.
Ben Maze (Wing) - A strong runner with blistering pace and a good eye for gaps in defences. Runs with confidence and poses a great threat with the ball.
Rory McIvor (Out-half) - A good tactical kicker, with an eye for spaces. His motivational chat both on and off the pitch make him a valued team member.
Michael Cochrane (Centre) - Great lines of running combined with good hands, quick feet and solid defence make him a vital part of the team. A very reliable and tactical place kicker.
Keith Allen (Out–half) – An all round sportsman who can read the game very well. Shows good organisational skills on the pitch and can distribute the ball into space with ease.
Desmond Eastwood (Wing) – Great under the high ball and in pressurised situations as he has excellent speed and agility to launch a counter attack.
Paddy Pringle (Wing/Full Back) – An excellent utility back who could easily confuse the best of players with his illusive dummy kick. Again, consistent under the high ball and he has the ability to launch a counter attack from anywhere.
Patrick Ferguson (Back Row) – A solid player with a strong tackle and a knack for stealing the ball. His determination to make yards make him a great flanker.
Craig Lewsley (Out-half/centre) – An intelligent distributor of the ball with a good kicking game and a cool head in any situation. His good decision making and strong defence help him hold the back-line together.
Andrew Vance (Full-back/centre) - Very solid under the high ball and always cool under pressure. Andrew has a good rugby brain and helps lead the backs in defence and attack.
Ross McCaughey (Second-row) - Strong in the lineout and at 6’ 4” he’s the tallest player on the team. He is also an aggressive ball carrier that brings another attacking option to the team.
Craig Ross (Tight-head prop) - Craig is a very tough in the scrum and his lineout lifting is immense. He has great hands and in attack he can be very effective.
Gareth McKee (Centre/wing) -Gareth is an impact player and his defence and attack are always aggressive. Useful at centre or on the wing, his turn of speed and strong running can punch holes in defences.