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Chris Henry: Trips away still a big opportunity for all involved


Callum Reid

Callum Reid

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Callum Reid

While the senior team will no doubt be looking to purge last weekend from their memory, it'll be one the Under-20s will remember for the rest of their lives.

A Grand Slam at any level is a real achievement and the first for Ireland Under-20s since 2007 was great to see. Two of the three Ulstermen involved, Callum Reid and David McCann, will have had a quick turnaround before heading out to Boston with the A side for the Cara Cup.

I have to admit I'm a bit jealous of the boys getting to go over to the States. The old school tour is something that's gone out of the game at club level anyway so this is a real opportunity.

While you get the South Africa trips in the Guinness PRO14 now, and that was something I really enjoyed last year, for boys not involved in international rugby it's something you can maybe go your whole career without getting to experience.

One thing's for sure, there's no better man to be going on tour with than Willie Anderson. I'd say there'll be a good few tales coming back.

If there's one downside from a personal point of view it's the timing... we'll certainly miss the Malone boys away when we play Armagh on Saturday.

I was delighted to confirm I'll be the club's head coach next season. Now we're looking to make sure that's in Division 1A.

Belfast Telegraph