The Hughes Insurance Ulster Academy

Based at Kingspan Stadium along with the Ulster Senior Squad, the aim of the Hughes Insurance Rugby Academy is to develop rugby talent to reach their potential and perform to PRO12, European and International Standard. All players must have the ability to play rugby for Ireland.

The High Performance Pathway begins with identifying U16 club and school stream players.This pathway continues at U17 level leading to U18 clubs and U18 schools representative teams. The pathway progresses to U19 where these two streams amalgamate and culminates at age grade with the Ulster U20 provincial team. As the players progress through the pathway they develop strategic, tactical, technical, physical and mental skills. Their potential to be recognised as a Sub Academy or Academy player after U20 level is assessed against these five performance characteristics.


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