while the present crop of emerging Ulster stars were making their mark at the spiritual home of Irish rugby last Saturday, the next generation in the northern province were doing their bit on the field of play to look after injured players.
Over the years, Ulster schools have raised thousands of pounds for the IRFU Charitable Trust.
Fundraising, charity days, special assemblies and non-uniform days are just some of the methods used by schools to raise money for the Trust.
Each rugby-playing school in the province is a 'member' of the Trust and last Saturday every schoolboy playing a game throughout the province contributed £1 to this most worthwhile cause.
Last season the same initiative by the rugby-playing schoolboys raised over £5,000.
An exemplary initiative and surely one for other provinces to follow in the future.