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Schools' Cup ready to return

All six Northern Bank Schools' Cup second round ties were postponed and will be played during the next week to allow the third round to take place on January 22.

John Wilson, the Chairman of the Schools' Rugby Committee, feels that one week's postponement is manageable but should the ties not be concluded then there could be problems.

“The long term weather forecast for next weekend is better so the ties will hopefully go ahead,” he commented.

“We would normally anticipate that the games would be played during the week but only one has been scheduled for Wednesday — Omagh Academy v Rainey Endowed. “The reason is that A levels start this week and a number of players are involved so it is a bit of a distraction for them and their training schedules will be upset.”

All the teams will be bitterly disappointed as they had all been preparing well and some had had warm weather training.

“They were all geared up so will now have to pick themselves up and start all over again,” added Wilson.

The third round draw which will include Regent House, Friends' School, Down High, Foyle and L'derry College, Coleraine Inst, Limavady Grammar, Dalriada, Banbridge Academy, Sulliven Upper and Bangor Grammar will be made after the Carrick Grammar/Belfast High tie.

Big guns Methodist College, BRA, RBAI, Ballymena Academy, Wallace High, Armagh Royal, Ballyclare High and Campbell College enter the competition at round four.

The re-arranged second round games are: Wednesday: Omagh Academy v Rainey Endowed (2.00pm)

Saturday: Dungannon Royal v Antrim Grammar (11.00am), Carrick Grammar v Belfast High (10.30am), Portadown College v Wellington College (11.00am), Cambridge House v Grosvenor Grammar (10.30am), Portora Royal v Larne Grammar (11.15am).

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