JACK KYLE BURSARY RECIPIENT 2016-17

URSC is delighted to announce that the 2016/17 Jack Kyle Bursary recipient is Robert Lyttle.

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st November 2016 Rob Lyttle Ulster Rugby player talks to the media at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye

The bursary is worth £2,500 to Rob.

Commenting on the award, Bryn Cunningham (Ulster Rugby Ops Director) stated, “Rob is an exciting talent, who will now progress through to the Senior ranks. This year he has already shown an outstanding ability to beat defenders and turn a nothing situation into a devastating attack. Relatively small in stature, it also highlights to all aspiring players that size isn’t everything in the modern game, that pure rugby ability alongside the right attitude will always be the most important facets to success.

Rob received the bursary at half-time in the Ulster v Cardiff Blues match on 7 April from URSC Committee members, (L-R) Ken Arthur, Lynn Wilson & Jonathan Bill

Rob received the bursary at half-time in the Ulster v Cardiff Blues match on 7 April from URSC Committee members, (L-R) Ken Arthur, Lynn Wilson & Jonathan Bill

URSC Chair Jonathan Bill offered his congratulations with the added comment, “Rob has already shown he has an eye for the try line and, as a bonus, is impressive from the tee too. Hopefully this award will help him to kick on!” 

Ulster Academy Manager Kieran Campbell was equally effusive, saying, ‘‘Robert has worked hard to develop his game over the last 24 months. In particular, he has improved the defensive aspects of his game and this has been a key reason for the acceleration of his career in the last 6 months. He has become a student of the game and has maximised his potential through investing time with the integrated service team in the Ulster Academy and benefitting from the exposure to the senior coaches due to the strong synergy which exists between the Academy and senior team in every young player’s individual development plan. We are extremely proud of Robert a player who has been in the Ulster High Performance Pathway since 15 years of age, who has all the attributes to embark on a successful professional career with Ulster rugby and very deserving of this award.

An eye for the line

In 2007 the URSC inaugurated the Jack Kyle Bursary.  This is 100% sponsored by the URSC and is awarded on an annual basis to an up and coming member of the Ulster Rugby Academy.

As in the previous seasons, the Bursary, is part funded by the URSC’s “Big Ballot”, many prizes for which are generously donated by local businesses.

The Bursary, is now in its tenth year. Previous recipients were:
2007-08 Mark McCrea

2008-09 Ian Whitten
2009-10 Paddy McAllister
2010-11 Craig Gilroy
2011-12 Iain Henderson
2012-13 Stuart Olding
2013-14 Angelo Marica
2014-15 Alan O’Connor & Adam McBurney
2015-16 Dave Shanahan

(Photographs C/O The News Letter)