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Your News Roses School's rivals head for Ulster

ROSES rivals Lancashire and Yorkshire Under 18 sides will get their representative programmes off to a flying start this coming week (August 22/26) when they pay another visit to Ulster.

Lancashire have traditionally played Ulster Schools U18 at the start of each season since 1991, when the Lancastrians crossed the Irish Sea to face Ulster in a challenge match for the Atkins Trophy, a fine Tyrone Crystal Rugby Ball presented by the then Minister of State for Northern Ireland Sir Robert Atkins.

The last time the Red Rose boys visited the province they took the spoils with a 20-13 win at Ballymena.

Lancashire 18 Group Chairman and North 18 Group Team Manager Howard Hughes said: Over the years our link with Ulster has proven to be very beneficial for both of us with many players from both sides using the game as their next step in their own development. The standard of play is usually of the highest quality and it was been noted that three of the Ulster players who played against us at Ballymena faced England U20s in the recent U20 World Cup in Argentina.

Lead Coach of Lancashire is Dave Wilks who was recently appointed Assistant Academy coach at Sale Sharks and he will be looking to spur his charges on as the new England 18 Group Programme which starts at the end of September sees the restoration of a England side at this level with the introduction of the England Clubs & Schools Under 18 side and therefore something that all County U18 players can aspire to.

Yorkshire links with the Ulster go back many years and the senior game between the two was an annual event which stood the test of time for many years before the advent of league rugby.

In more recent times the schools have taken up the long tradition and doubtless the coming week will produce some high-calibre representative rugby and another batch of young players seeks to get a foot on the ladder which may end in international recognition.

All four games will be played at Foxs Field home of Campbell College in Belfast

Monday, August 23:

1.30pm: Ulster Schools U18 v Yorkshire U18 at Foxs Field

3.00pm: Ulster Clubs U18 v Lancashire U18. Foxs Field

Wednesday, August 25:

1.30pm: Ulster Schools U18 v Lancashire U18 for the Atkins Trophy

3.00pm: Ulster Clubs U18 XV v Yorkshire U18. Both games Foxs Field

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