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Friends' fear being frozen out of rugby Schools' Cup

Half-term ski trip could see side have to forfeit place

By Jonathan Bradley

Friends' have been left scrambling to field a side for their Danske Bank Schools' Cup quarter-final with B.R.A amid fears they may be forced to forfeit.

The Lisburn outfit stand just one win from a Kingspan Stadium semi-final, but have had an appeal to postpone their last-eight tie by 48 hours rejected by the Schools' Committee.

Seventeen of the school's available squad are currently in Austria on a half-term ski trip, booked back in December 2015 at a considerable cost to parents.

And while the potential clash with the showpiece tournament of Ulster schools' rugby was known in advance, they had hoped their unexpected progression to the latter stages would be considered exceptional circumstances and see the game moved until early next week.

An appeal hearing arranged by the Ulster Branch was conducted on Tuesday and the decision of the Schools' Committee, who said the game must take place on Saturday, was upheld.

Parents at Friends' have told the Belfast Telegraph of the students' dismay at the decision with the side now facing the prospect of having to fly players home early or surrender their position in the competition.

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