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2019-20 Ballymena Academy Belfast Royal Academy Friends School Lisburn Larne Grammar School Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup Strabane Grammar Sullivan Upper School

My Favourite Schools Cup Campaign.

We’ll be looking back of some of our favourite matches and competitions that we covered over the last ten years and we’re kicking it off with a look at our favourite Schools Cup Campaign. This season’s campaign was setting itself up as one of the best and we’ll be reviewing it later in the week, […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Campbell College Belfast Schools Schools Medallion Shield

Medallion Shield. BRA 5 CCB 31 (Semi Final)

[pullquote]Report, images and interview by Richard Owens. [/pullquote] Bar the temperature you could be forgiven for thinking you’d pitched up at the Sydney Mardi Gras as thumping beats, coloured smoke stacks, sparkling sunshine and a exuberant crowd welcomed the teams onto the pristine surface at Osborne Park. Campbell college progressed to the final of the Medallion […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Schools Schools Medallion Shield Wallace High School

Medallion Shield. Belfast Royal Academy 3 Wallace High 3

BRA and Wallace High batted out a draw in the Medallion Shield quarter final at a wet and windy Roughfort on Saturday morning.  Not much to report on this one. BRA started strongly and Wallace worked their way back into the game towards the end of the first half.  Wallace High look to break out […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. RBAI 47 BRA 12

[pullquote]Report and pictures Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] BRA travelled to Osborne on Saturday morning for a Schools’ Cup tie against neighbours RBAI. Despite the approach of Storm Ciara, the sun shone and there was only a gentle breeze. It was nip and tuck in the first few minutes before BRA broke away through their captain Rob Sturges, […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Regent House Grammar School Schools Schools Friendly

Ulster Schools Rugby – Belfast Royal Academy 39 Regent House 7

BRA entertained Regent House in an Ulster Schools friendly match at Roughfort on Saturday morning with the home side coming out on top by seven tries to one. The Academy side scored tries through Jack Davis (2), Andrew Greer, Cameron Dougan, Ben Brown, Zach Burton and Ollie Parkes with Parkes adding two conversions. Regent House […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Dalriada School Schools Schools Friendly

Schools: Belfast Royal Academy 46 Dalriada School 12

BRA ran out comfortable winners on Saturday morning after overcoming spirited first half resistance from Dalriada School at a damp Roughfort.  Dalriada crossed twice in the first half. The teams turned round with BRA leading by three tries to two but a second half blitz from the home side saw them pull away for a […]

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2019-20 Alcobendas Rugby Spain Belfast Royal Academy Blackrock College Dublin Campbell College Belfast Clongowes Wood College Coleraine Grammar School Gonzaga College Dublin Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh Methodist College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools St Michael's College Dublin Terenure College Dublin

Schools: CCB 125 Rugby Tournament

Campbell College Belfast held a medallion level Rugby Tournament on 18th and 19th October as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations. Ten schools sides from all over Ireland took part as well as Spanish side Alcobendas RFC and Scottish school Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh.  The twelve teams were split into four groups of three for the […]

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2019-20 Belfast High School Belfast Royal Academy Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Belfast High School 7 Belfast Royal Academy 38 (Group E)

Belfast Royal Academy got their schools cup campaign off to winning start with a 7- 38 win at Belfast High School in Group E. The game started in challenging conditions, but the heavy rain didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd. The conditions led to a fairly error strewn first quarter but […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Friendly

Schools: Belfast Royal Academy 5 Methodist College Belfast 31

On Saturday Methodist College travelled to Belfast Royal Academy’s Roughfort ground for a schools’ friendly. Methodist College had the lion’s share of possession in the first quarter, but were unable to convert this into points. All that changed on 25 minutes when a break from deep allowed Alex Armstrong a 40 metre run up the […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Schools Schools Friendly The Grange School Chile

Schools: Chilean touring side The Grange too hot for BRA.

We caught up with Chilean touring side The Grange at Roughfort playing fields on Thursday afternoon as they recorded a convincing win against Belfast Royal Academy.  The unseasonably warm conditions helped the touring side score nine tries in their 12 – 55 win as the young BRA side struggled with the conditions and their physically […]

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2019-20 Ballyclare High School Belfast Royal Academy Schools Schools Friendly

Schools: Ballyclare High 52 Belfast Royal Academy 17

Ballyclare High School and Belfast Royal Academy served up an entertaining match at the High School grounds on Saturday morning with Ballyclare running out 52 – 17 winners. The match was very competitive for the first 50 minutes with Ballyclare pulling away over the last twenty to put some icing on the score line. Ballyclare […]

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2018-19 Belfast High School Belfast Royal Academy Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Belfast Royal Academy 17 Belfast High School 3

Saturday’s 3rd Round Schools Cup Tie between Belfast Royal Academy and near neighbours, Belfast High School, was dominated by the wind and rain that only Roughfort can provide. BRA kicked off into the driving rain and within 2 minutes had taken the lead when Rory Linden scored, following a sweeping move by forwards and backs. […]

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2018-19 Belfast Royal Academy Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Schools

Schools: BRA 22 Enniskillen RG 19

Belfast Royal Academy entertained Enniskillen Royal Grammar on Saturday morning with the home side continuing their good run of form with a 22 – 19 win in an entertaining match. BRA took the lead towards the end of the first quarter when Adam Keed crossed for a try, converted by Daniel Logan, but before long […]

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2018-19 Belfast Royal Academy Campbell College Belfast Schools

Schools: Belfast Royal Academy 19 Campbell College 17

Holiday fixtures are always interesting as team changes are unavoidable and it gives an opportunity to see up and coming talent. BRA kicked off with wind and rain behind them and enjoyed the better possession and territory in the early exchanges, but the game was a bit slow and disjointed with players from both squads […]

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2018-19 Bangor Grammar Belfast Royal Academy Schools

Schools: Bangor Grammar 26 Belfast Royal Academy 33

Only caught the first half hour of this game which is a pity as it looked as though a sprightly game was going to break out. As it was, I did catch three tries with the visitors leading 14 – 5 when I left. Tries from Ollie Parkes and Adam Keed, converted by Harry Warke, […]

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2018-19 Ballymena Academy Belfast Royal Academy Belvedere College Dublin Blackrock College Dublin Campbell College Belfast CBC Cork Clongowes Wood College Crescent College Limerick Glenstal Abbey Murroe Methodist College Belfast Mount St Mary's Sheffield Rockwell College Cashel Schools St Michael's College Dublin Wallace High School

Schools: Day 2 of the Methodist College 150 Tournament.

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2018-19 Ballymena Academy Belfast Royal Academy Belvedere College Dublin Blackrock College Dublin Campbell College Belfast CBC Cork Clongowes Wood College Crescent College Limerick Glenstal Abbey Murroe Methodist College Belfast Mount St Mary's Sheffield Rockwell College Cashel Schools St Michael's College Dublin Wallace High School

Schools: Day 1 of the Methodist College 150 Tournament.

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2018-19 Ballymena Academy Belfast Royal Academy Belvedere College Dublin Blackrock College Dublin Campbell College Belfast CBC Cork Clongowes Wood College Crescent College Limerick Glenstal Abbey Murroe Methodist College Belfast Mount St Mary's Sheffield Rockwell College Cashel Schools St Michael's College Dublin Wallace High School

Schools: Methodist College 150 Anniversary Tournament.

On Friday 19 and Saturday 20th October Methodist College Belfast will host a 16 team schools rugby tournament at Pirrie Park as part of the College’s 150th year anniversary celebrations. The tournament will feature top schools sides from Ulster, Leinster and Munster with English side Mount St Mary’s and Welsh side Cymoedd College also taking […]

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2018-19 Belfast Royal Academy Schools Wallace High School

Schools: Belfast Royal Academy 15 Wallace High School 45

A late burst by Wallace High saw the visitors pull away for a 15 – 45 win at Roughfort Road on Saturday morning. Home team tries, either side of half time saw BRA pull the score back to 15 – 21 after Wallace had taken a convincing 3 – 21 lead. However, the visitors enjoyed […]

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2018-19 Belfast Royal Academy Methodist College Belfast Schools

Schools: Methodist College 33 Belfast Royal Academy 13

Methodist College, Belfast, hosted Belfast Royal Academy on Saturday morning at Pirrie Park in an exciting game that Methody won 33-13. An early converted Methody try was countered by two Academy penalties, before a further try for the hosts on the stroke of half time gave Methody a 12 – 6 lead as the team’s […]

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2017-18 Ballymena Academy Belfast Royal Academy Schools

Schools: Belfast Royal Academy 7 Ballymena Academy 45

Ballymena Academy made the trip to Mallusk to play Belfast Royal Academy on Saturday morning for a Schools 1st XV friendly match. The Ballymena boys made the short journey back up the M2 with a win in the bag after beating their Belfast rivals 7 – 45, scoring seven tries in the process. Mark Thomas […]

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2015-16 Belfast Royal Academy Reworked Posts Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Down High 7 BRA 13

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was covering Ian Henderson, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding in their own Schools Cup matches and it was good to see the young Ulster stars on the sidelines to watch Olding and Henderson’s old school, BRA, take on Down High in this Third Round match. BRA have […]

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Ballymena Academy Belfast Royal Academy Reworked Posts Schools

Northern Bank Schools Cup Final: Ballymena 10 BRA 7

Ballymena Academy ran out deserved winners in the 2010  Northern Bank Schools Cup Final at a packed Ravenhill on Wednesday afternoon by the score 10 – 7. BRA opened the scoring with a try by Jordan Buchanan, converted by David Cartmill but Ballymena hit back late in the first half with a Caleb Morrison try, […]