With the current pandemic having stopped the world in its’ tracks, many sporting events have found themselves on hold this year. Events such as the Olympics and the European football championships were postponed until 2021, while the Six Nations and Premier League were delayed until the Autumn of this year.

Despite the dismal future of sports during the pandemic, the IRFU have confirmed that The Leinster Senior Schools Cup (Senior Cup) will go ahead in the format of a summer tournament next year. The competition is to be hosted in Vale Do Lobo, a golfing turned rugby resort in the Algarve, Portugal.

The news was followed by previous reports obtained by The College Tribune, through a ‘Whatsapp’ voice note, stating “Someone’s dad, who’s the big cheese in Pfizer, has secured the first batch of the vaccine, and agreed to supply the big 4 teams with vials of the cure.”

The resort located in ‘Port’ as it is commonly referred to, was chosen by a board of principles and rugby coaches across ‘The big 4’ of Leinster schools rugby. Representatives from Blackrock College, Belvedere College, Clongowes Wood College and St Michaels met with the IRFU to agree terms of the deal.

Minutes from the meeting have revealed that Koh Samui, Thailand was a location in discussion, primarily due to the towers of Chang available, but the St Michaels representative disputed this. He claimed “Thaideece is too much of a stronghold for Rock, with the scenes in Ark Bar last year, it would almost be like a home fixture, the locals would be bleeding blue and white everywhere.”

The College Tribune questioned the Belvedere and St Michaels representatives on the decision to send it in Portugal, but our reporter was met with a reply of “You went to CBC, not a snowballs I’m talking to you mate” and “I’ve never seen your dad in the Deloitte office, get away from me.”

While the usual pre match antics in Donnybrook of preppy private school students cheering on their peers, and alumni who couldn’t give a shit about their schools performance but just showed up for pints at 11 o’clock on a Wednesday morning in February, wont happen this cup season, the tournament in Vale De Lobo will bring a different edge to the competition.

Players, family members, and fans will be treated to some huge scenes, and some sexy, sun kissed union. Pints of Somersby cider flowing in Julia’s Beach Bar, a state-of-the-art AstroTurf pitch, and an absolute send in Geckos bar in the evening following the games.

Muke Lurphy, Senior social team bench warmer.

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