Rockwell to meet Bandon Grammar in defence of Munster schools crown
Munster president Bertie Smith said that schools and age grade rugby are the lifeblood of the sport and he is encouraged by the continued increase in the numbers involved in both.
“There is an increase every year throughout the province in the numbers participating and it is very encouraging to all involved,” he said.
Smith was speaking at Thomond Park where the draws were made for the Munster schools senior and junior cups, while the Munster U-18 and U-16 clubs competitions were also launched.
Senior cup holders Rockwell College will have home advantage in the opening round against Bandon Grammar.
Ardscoil Ris, runners-up for the last two seasons, will also have home advantage for a Limerick derby clash with St Munchin’s.
The two Cork schools, Pres and Christians, who top the roll of honour with 28 titles each, will both be away from home. Pres will meet the winners of the play-off between St Clement’s and High School, Clonmel, while reigning junior cup winners Christians will travel to play Crescent.
Castletroy, winners of their only senior crown in 2008, make the short trip to play Glenstal Abbey.
Munster senior and junior cup draws (ties to be played as double-headers on January 19, 20 and 21)
— Glenstal Abbey v Castletroy College
— St Clement’s, Limerick or High School, Clonmel v Presentation Brothers Cork
— Rockwell College v Bandon Gramma
— Crescent Comprehensive v Christian Brothers Cork
— Ardscoil Ris v St Munchin’s College