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Sexton, Heaslip and Reid made the Leinster Schools Cup draw last night

It’s nearly that time of the year.

Sexton, Heaslip and Reid at last night's draw.
Sexton, Heaslip and Reid at last night's draw.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

THE DRAW FOR the 2016 Leinster Schools Cup was made by Johnny Sexton, Jamie Heaslip and Noel Reid at the House of Lords on College Green last night.

Last year’s Senior Cup winners, Cistercian College, Roscrea, have been paired alongside Kilkenny College in the first round while beaten finalists Belvedere College will face Newbridge.

Blackrock College’s quest for a 69th crown will begin against one of the Vinnie Murray Cup finalists while one of the ties of the round sees 2012 winners St Michael’s face St Andrew’s College.

The six traditional powerhouses at senior level were joined in the pot by the schools who qualified through the league campaign and two further qualifiers from the Vinnie Murray competition.

In the Junior Schools Cup, defending champions Blackrock will go head-to-head with St Mary’s College with the two finalists from the Fr Godrey Cup earning a place in the main draw.

Setanta Sports will once again show live coverage of selected games from the senior and junior competitions before broadcasting the latter stages in full.

The final of the Senior Cup is scheduled to take place on Sunday 13 March at the RDS while the Junior Cup decider will be staged at Donnybrook three days later.

Senior Schools Cup draw:

  • Gonzaga College v Finalist Vinnie Murray 
  • Newbridge College v Belvedere College
  • The King’s Hospital v Clongowes Wood College
  • St Gerard’s College v CBC Monkstown
  • Blackrock College v Finalist Vinnie Murray
  • St Mary’s College v Terenure College
  • St Andrew’s v St Michael’s
  • Kilkenny College v Cistercian College, Roscrea

Vinnie Murray Cup draw:

  • Wesley College (BYE)
  • De La Salle College (BYE)
  • St Conleth’s College v Castleknock College
  • Maynooth PP/Salesian College, Celbridge v Wilson’s Hospital School
  • Coláiste Bhríde v St Mary’s CBS, Enniscorthy
  • Skerries Community College v The High School
  • Presentation College Bray v Catholic University School
  • St Fintan’s High School v Templeogue College

Junior Schools Cup draw:

  • Newbridge College v Finalist Fr Godfrey Cup
  • Presentation College Bray v Gonzaga College
  • Belvedere College v Castleknock College
  • Kilkenny College v Clongowes Wood College
  • St Gerard’s School v St Michael’s College
  • Terenure College v Cistercian College, Roscrea
  • Finalist Fr Godfrey Cup v CBC Monkstown
  • St Mary’s College v Blackrock College

Fr Godfrey Cup draw:

  • Gorey Community School (BYE) 
  • St. Patrick’s Classical School v Wesley College
  • Newpark Comprehensive v King’s Hospital
  • Scoil Chonglais/St Mary’s CBS, Enniscorthy v Dundalk Grammar School
  • Templeogue College v St Andrew’s College Catholic University School v St Fintan’s
  • De La Salle College v The High School
  • Skerries Community College v CBS Naas

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