JJ McKee - selected for Ireland U20s Six Nations

Congratulations to former pupil JJ McKee who has been selected for Ireland U20s Six Nations next month. 

Antrim Grammar School rugby is an expanding and successful club which is open to all ages and all abilities. The club looks to promote the qualities of discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work, respect and fair-play throughout its teams. This is complimented by a coaching staff who strives to provide a safe and fun environment for all our players as they work to improve the boy’s and girl's skills, fitness, knowledge and understanding of the game of Rugby Union. Our entire coaching team are all ex pupils, they share the same passion, drive and love for the game at Antrim Grammar School. As a club we look to provide many opportunities for our players to experience wider sports culture through a range of fixtures against other schools in the province, local competitions and trips. We play many fixtures on Saturday mornings and mid-week throughout the season where we will turn out teams from all age groups from U12 to 1st XV. These sides will train at different times during the week and will also get opportunities to play for development squads within the school. As a club, we also compete in many tournaments including: The 1st XV play in the Dankse Bank Ulster Schools 1st XV Schools Cup and the Ulster Schools 7’s competition at Campbell College. The Medallion XV play in the Ulster Schools Medallion Shield competition and the NEBSSA Medallion 7’s competition. The U12 XV play in the NEBSSA tournament hosted at Coleraine Grammar. We have had many school representatives play for Ulster rugby age grade sides. Our most recent and notable success has been JJ McKee. 

JJ McKee represented Antrim Grammar School from U12 right up to 1stXV. JJ had the opportunity whilst playing at AGS to represent us at Ulster Schools level which is a fantastic achievement. Once leaving AGS in 2016 JJ has been playing rugby at Ballymena RFC who compete in the All Ireland League and Ulster Bank League. Through playing at this high-level JJ has gained an Ulster Rugby Academy contract which lead to him getting his first senior cap versus Uruguay at the Kingspan Stadium. JJ has continued his hard work in the academy and most recently has been selected to represent the Ireland Under 20s side at the 6 Nations.  We wish him all the best!

Mr J Orr