FOLLOWING a series of impressive displays in the warm-up games, Rainey’s Michael Shiels has been appointed captain of the Ulster Under 20 side for the Interprovincial series which got under way last week.
Michael, brother of Ulster centre Jonny and son of Trevor, who gained international recognition at centre while at Rainey Endowed and later turned out for the Old Boys on occasions, started out as a prop at C.A I. before blossoming into a highly promising flanker, who was very unfortunate to miss out on Ulster Schools selection due to injury.
Handed a slot in the second row, though perhaps lightly built for the position, the Jordanstown student took to senior rugby like a duck to water and not surprisingly caught the eye of the Ulster Colleges selectors with his line-out play and mobility.
He quickly became a big favourite with the Hatrick Park crowd ,his tremendous pace in the loose helping him to five tries in two games as Rainey turned their season round with a run of great victories.
While wishing Michael every success in his prestigious new role, the club will be glad to have the Coleraine lad back for the start of he AIL.
Rainey’s exciting prop prospect Stephen Best, a product of C.A.I played for the Ulster Under 19 ‘A’ side against Leinster at Dungannon last weekend.