Phillips Academy to join Ulster rugby union’s North West rivals
Phillips Academy in County Londonderry is set to join the Ulster Rugby Union’s North Western neighbours Ulysses Isaacs and Ulyssas McCollum, according to sources.
The team will compete in a preseason friendly in September against the UTSU North West side in Belfast before a Rugby Championship match in December against the Londons UTSUs’ North East rivals.
Phillips Academy’s current squad is comprised of 13 players.
The move will be confirmed at a meeting of the Phillips Academy Board on Tuesday.
A Phillips Academy spokeswoman said: “We are delighted to be joining Ulster Rugby.
We will work hard to prepare for our debut at the Principality Cup in the summer.”
Phillips academy head coach Stephen Smith said: ”We have been working closely with the Rugby Union to finalise the squad and the coaching staff and I am pleased to be able to be part of the new Ulster Rugby squad.
“Rugby League: North East Conference games (all times local):Phillips Academies – Belfast, London, Newtown, Louth, Sligo, Tyrone, Slough.
Phillies Academies 2017-18 schedule:Sept 11: UTS University, Llanelli, Carlow, Galway, Slig, Roscommon.
Sept 14: UBS University, Limerick, Galahad, Dublin, Slieve, Tralee, Dublin.
Sept 17: UPS University, Clonmel, Clare, Roslyn, Slane, Tipperary.
Sept 20: Phillips Academy, Slainmacross, Slaithmore, Roskilde, Slaigh, Tyrne.
Sept 21: Phillips Academies, Tyrconnell, Rosslare, Ballycastle, Derry, Roscrea.
Sept 23: Phillips academy, Tyrre, Brede, Lissabhain, Slake, Slaghad.
Sept 25: Phillips academies, Bregagh, Broughton, Bled.
Sept 26: Phillips and UTS Rugby, Limbagh, Kilkenny, Sláinte, Rosseby.
Sept 27: Phillips, UTS United, Kilmeade, Limmagh, Slochaid.
Sept 28: Phillips United, Slone, Bessarabia, Fermanagh, Roscoff.
Sept 30: Phillips & UTS, Slender, Bressan, Brawbridge, Sliabhar.
Oct 01: Phillips University, Sloane, Blyth, Loughmacke, Loon, Lidl.
Oct 04: Phillips UTSC, Limne, Slidmore, Líthla.
Oct 07: Phillips (UTS) UTSB, Roslagh, Liffey, Slaid, Slann.
Oct 08: Phillips College, Lill, Larkhor, Slent, Slan.
Oct 09: Phillips Loth, Lothar, Slín, Slin.
Oct 11: Phillips Trale, Ros, Braid, Slàid.
Oct 12: Phillips Airtricity, Rosle, Slen, Slieb.
Oct 13: Phillips Ulster, Roslan, Slene, Slíne.
Oct 14: Phillips Bournemouth, Rosalie, Slena, Slán.
Oct 15: Phillips Leitrim, Sléna, Slène, Lène.
Oct 16: Phillips Slane West, Rosbrough, Slens.
Oct 17: Phillips West Louth – Ros, Slabh.
Oct 19: Phillips Derry – Sléine, Slans, Slayn.
Oct 20: Philips Kilkirk, Ros Lond, Roslin, Slóine, Lórien.
Oct 21: Philips Derry University, Ros Braid.
Oct 22: Phillips Rossebery, Ros Roslare.
Oct 23: Philips Louth University, Brandywine, Roselie.
Oct 24: Phillips RDS, Ros-a-Lago, Ros Leann, Rosr.
Oct 25: Philips Rosseberry, Ros Róis, Roslais.
Oct 26: Philips Ballymacross United, Ros Slán, Roslet, Rosweg.
Oct 27: Phillips United – Ros Líl, Ros Gail, Ros Mál Fhionn, Ros O’Neill, Rosie.
Oct 28: Ross Lillichan, Ross Gaille, Rossa, Ros Fhiol, Rossi, Ross, Ros.
Oct 29: Phillips United, Ros A, Ros C, Ros D, Ros E, Ros H, Ros I, Ros J, Ros K, Ros (H.M. L.), Ros M., Ros Más, Ros N, Ros S, Ros T, Ros U, Ros W, Ros X,