When did you start playing rugby?My older brother Patrick played at Northern (in Gosforth) and Dad did some coaching so I went to watch, then joined in when I was about five.You’re from Newcastle, so what is your Irish heritage?My parents are Irish. My mum is from Waterford and my dad was born in Tanzania but spent his early youth in Belfast.Did you play other sports?Football was my main sport from eight to about 13. I was contracted to the Newcastle United Academy. Then I went to boarding school at Sedbergh and rugby took over. I played cricket, too, and captained my county age groups.Which position do you prefer?I’d like to be a ten who can play 15. I really enjoy goalkicking too. I’ve never found it a chore.Why did you join Ulster?I liked the set-up and it meant I could do a degree as well as playing full-time. I’m reading politics.Who have you played for this season?Ulster A and Ballynahinch. On target: Johnny McPhillips in goal-kicking action for Ulster A. (Photo: Inpho) Date of birth 13 March 1997. Country Ireland TAGS: Ulster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS You played for England U18…Yes, then I signed for Ulster Academy when I left school and got involved with Ireland U20 from there.Was playing for Ireland U20 good last year?It was massively positive and I got better through the whole experience. Now I want to keep working hard, hopefully get some senior caps for Ulster and have a good Six Nations with Ireland U20.RW Verdict: Simon Mulholland and Chris Mahon at Sedbergh helped to turn McPhillips from a footballer into a rugby player. He has the temperament and talent to go from strength to strength for Ulster and Ireland. First published in the February 2017 edition of Rugby World magazine.
November 3, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Football’s Brady Christensen Named To Outland Trophy Watch List Tags: BYU Football Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Tuesday, BYU football junior left tackle Brady Christensen was added to the 2020 Outland Trophy Watch list.A Bountiful High School product, Christensen has started all 33 games of his career for the Cougars.BYU now boasts three players on the Outland Trophy watch list. The others are junior center James Empey and senior defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga.Only three other schools nationwide have three Outland Trophy watch list representatives: Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State.This award is annually bestowed upon the best interior lineman in FBS college football.Two Cougars have won this award previously: defensive end/tackle Jason Buck (1986) and offensive lineman Mohammed Elewonibi (1989).Buck went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals (1987-1990) and Washington Redskins (1991-1993), winning Super Bowl XXVI with the Redskins following the 1992 season.Elewonibi played for the NFL’s Washington Redskins (1991-1993) and Philadelphia Eagles (1995).He also played for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football (1995), and for the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions (1997-2000; 2005) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2000-2005). Written by