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The 2014-15 Junior Cup side from Scoil Conglais in Baltinglass just prior to a challenge match against a Carlow Rugby Youth's side under the lights at Oakpark last Friday night

The 2014-15 Junior Cup side from Scoil Conglais in Baltinglass just prior to a challenge match against a Carlow Rugby Youth's side under the lights at Oakpark last Friday night

Ashbourne RFC celebrate winning the Provincial Towns Cup last year

Ashbourne RFC celebrate winning the Provincial Towns Cup last year

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The 2014-15 Junior Cup side from Scoil Conglais in Baltinglass just prior to a challenge match against a Carlow Rugby Youth's side under the lights at Oakpark last Friday night

Despite its small size and its recent adoption of the game, Scoil Chonglais has done very well in Leinster Schools rugby recently. Pictured are the 2014-15 Junior Cup side from Scoil Conglais in Baltinglass just prior to a challenge match against a Carlow Rugby Youth's side under the lights at Oakpark last Friday night.

Teacher Eoin Bailey, head rugby coach at Scoil Chonglais, is also a playing member in Carlow, while Leinster CCRO Wes Whitton has also been a key person promoting rugby in Scoil Chonglais. Earlier this week they beat St Patrick's, Navan in the quarter-final of the Fr Godfrey Cup to set up a Semi-Final showdown with Wesley College. Things are very much on the up down Wicklow way!

Provincial Towns get ready for kick-off

This weekend sees the 90th edition of the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup kick off with 11 first-round ties in total.

Sunday, January 25

Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup, Round 1:

Naas v Portarlington, Forenaughts, 2.30; Midland Warriors v Wicklow, The Showgrounds Moate, 2.30; Navan v Athy, Balreask Old, 2.30; Longford v North Kildare, CPL Park, 2.30; Roscrea v Portlaoise, Streamstown, 2.30; New Ross v Wexford Wanderers, Allianz Park Southknock, 2.30; Boyne v Clondalkin, Shamrock Lodge, 2.30; Kilkenny v Co Carlow, Foulkstown, 2.30; Tullow v Cill Dara, Black Gates, 2.30; Edenderry v Enniscorthy, Coolavacoose Carbury, 2.30;

Gorey v Mullingar, Clonattin, 2.30

The draw for the second round takes place in Longford RFC after the Longford v North Kildare match at approximately 5.0pm and details of the draw will be available on www.leinsterrugby.ie.

All eyes at that stage will be on Ashbourne to see if they can retain the prestigious trophy that they won last year for the first time in their 40 year history. Their defence starts in Round 2 as they received a bye in the first round.

Irish Independent