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Ulster starlet Lyttle awarded the Jack Kyle bursary

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster starlet Rob Lyttle will be awarded the Ulster Rugby Supporters' Club Jack Kyle bursary during half-time of tonight's game with Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium (7.35pm kick-off).

Named in honour of the legendary Ulster and Ireland out-half Jack Kyle, the bursary, which is worth £2,500 to the player, is designed to aid an up and coming member of the Ulster Academy.

Following in the footsteps of former winners like Iain Henderson, Craig Gilroy and Stuart Olding, Lyttle has already impressed for Les Kiss' side this season, scoring three tries in eight outings and being rewarded this week with a first contract with the senior side.

Commenting on the Donaghcloney 20-year-old's fledgling career, Ulster operations manager Bryn Cunningham said: "Rob is an exciting talent, who will now progress through to the senior ranks. This year he has already shown an outstanding ability to beat defenders and turn a nothing situation into a devastating attack.

"Relatively small in stature, it also highlights to all aspiring players that size isn't everything in the modern game, that pure rugby ability alongside the right attitude will always be the most important facets to success."

The bursary, which is now in its 10th season, is fully funded by the URSC through the likes of ballots held throughout the season.

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