COOKSTOWN Rugby Club were proudly represented at provincial level when three of the club’s players turned out for Ulster Juniors in a friendly game against Malone RFC 1st XV on Thursday 22 December.
Cookstown’s Vice captain Liam Currie was selected to play at loosehead prop forward, Adam Stinson was selected to play in the second row and dedicated centre, Ronan Campbell performed admirably despite being played out of position on the wing. The boys selection for Ulster followed a series of competitive trials which featured other teams from the Minor and Junior Leagues.
It is clearly a testament to the strides Cookstown Rugby Club has made in developing its player base over the past number of years. The boys selection shows that Cookstown RFC has the potential to compete against teams who play several leagues above them. Cookstown Rugby Club Captain, Ryan Eastwood expressed his delight in the boys selection.
‘The club, myself and the other players are extremely proud of the boys who were selected. These boys are dedicated to Cookstown in terms of training and at game time, they clearly deserved this honour. More importantly it shows that Ulster Rugby recognises the talent that exists in the lower leagues and it sends out a message to young players that they can play at inter-provincial level for Ulster whilst playing club rugby at Cookstown.’