Some of the glitz has been taken off the Danske Bank Schools Rugby Quarter Finals due to the #skigate drama which forced Friends School Lisburn to withdraw from their match against Belfast Royal Academy. 

While Friends will be the first to hold up their hands and admit they made a monumental blunder, it’s quite disappointing that the Ulster Branch couldn’t find any empathy for the game they are supposed to nurture. They had a real chances to be pro-active leaders in this fiasco but instead came across as dusty old codgers with their heads stuck in the rule books!

Anyway, enough of the moaning let’s get to the results for the matches that were played. 

From our latest rankings we would have expected RBAI, Methody and Wallace to go through (plus Friends). However Ballymena Academy bucked the trend, and the rankings, the 3rd placed team toppling second place Wallace, at Wallace to boot. A formidable result for the Ballymena boys who could move up a place before the semi-finals. 

Danske Bank Schools Rugby Cup Quarter Final Results. 

Campbell College Belfast 3 10 Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Royal School Armagh  24 28 Methodist College Belfast
Wallace High School 17 21 Ballymena Academy
Friends School Lisburn L W Belfast Royal Academy*
*BRA awarded the match due to Friends being unable to field a side.


The draw for the semi finals was made following the game at Armagh.

Danske Bank Schools Rugby Cup Semi Final Draw. 

Monday 27th February 14:30 Royal Belfast Academical Institution v Ballymena Academy Ravenhill
Tuesday 28th February 14:30 Methodist College Belfast v Belfast Royal Academy Ravenhill


According to the rankings we would expect an RBAI v Methody final – for a change!

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  1. Agree totally, utterly disgraceful. If it had been methody, inst or campbell with a fixture issue, ulster rugby would be doing cartwheels to accommodate them.

  2. This is a disgrace . At a time were rugby is to be promoted Ulster rugby have taken away the best day in these young players career . Some of them will probably walk away and never play the game again . Hang your heads in shame Ulster rugby .. These boys are only teenagers .

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