Bruff to take 'Bull' fest by the horns

Áine Fitzgerald


Áine Fitzgerald


Bruff to take 'Bull' fest by the horns

Nicolas Cooke, rugby legend John Hayes, Munster branch delegate Richard Leonard and Willie Conway are looking forward to the Bull N Booze festival

OVER 20 teams will sweat it out in Bruff this weekend in the hope of taking top honours in this year’s Bull N Booze competition.

This year’s event which was launched by Bruff RFC in conjunction with former Lions, international and Munster prop John “Bull” Hayes will be partly run for the first time by the IRFU Tag Rugby squad.

“The main action is on the Saturday but people will be camping on Friday,” explained Munster Branch delegate Richard Leonard.

“They are coming from all over the country. It’s great craic - organised mayhem,” he joked.

The games take place on Saturday, followed by presentations while Sunday is generally a wrap-up.

In addition to the friendly-but-competitive on field action during the tournament, there will be other attractions over the weekend including great live music and a DJ.

“This is year eleven and we are kicking things up a notch or two to celebrate the last ten successful years. We have some exciting new things lined up for the evening after the rugby, a great band, and DJ of course until the early hours.

“This season things are taking a new format with the IRFU on board for the event. We have the usual breakfast on Sunday for the campers. The campgrounds are, of course, free again to players if booked in advance.  The idea of this unique weekend on the tag rugby calendar has always been to keep it friendly and promote the social side of tag for everyone.”

“There are usually seven fellas and five girls on a team. The rules state that you have to have three girls on the pitch at all times.”

According to Richard, the competition format lends itself to matching up teams to their ability, “so no matter whether you are highly skilled veteran tag players or are just outright beginners, we can promise that you will be matched up with teams that match your ability and ensure the most enjoyable day out.

“We can guarantee at least five games of tag with a great chance of getting in amongst the prizes no matter what your skill levels are. Once that is out of the way, we can promise a fantastic night out, make sure to sign up early for your chance to play Tag in the Bull’s Field”

Bruff President Nicholas Cooke expressed his delight with the new association with IRFU Tag Rugby and with IRFU Tag Rugby sponsors Volkswagen, through dealers Frank Hogan who have come on board for the event.

For further details on the competition log onto the website