Jun 052009

Bruff RFC Tag Rugby team competed at the International Tag Rugby Festival in England over the June Bank holiday weekend. Twenty teams from all over England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland as well as Fijian side travelled to Rochdale outside Manchester for the first event of its kind to be hosted by the RFL in the UK.

The Bruff touring squad consisted of club members as well as tag players and referees who were involved in our Spring League, in addition we were delighted to be joined by 2 friends from Wigan who were adopted Irish for the weekend! The team displayed some good tag rugby skills in the blazing sunshine, winning 3 of their 4 pool matches to qualify for the plate semi-final. Up against a tough Scotish side, Bruff were narrowly defeated 8-6 in the semis.

We were delighted to catch up with many Irish ex pats living in Manchester who came along on the Saturday afternoon to cheer us on, including Apryl O’Rourke and family.

What we lacked on the pitch we made up for on the dance floor and the locals didn’t know what hit them when the team arrived at the clubhouse on Saturday night, dressed Hawiain style beachwear!!

Thanks a million to all the squad who represented Bruff over the weekend!

Our hosts Rochdale Swarm tag rugby club showed us a fantastic time with a great line up of entertainment organised all evening. We plan to make this an annual trip. Rochdale Swarm are already planning a return visit to our “Bull n Booze” Tag Festival on 15th August and a Scottish and Welsh side have also expressed interest in travelling over. It promises to be the biggest and best festival yet, will places filling up very fast. If your team is up for the challenge, enter now by emailing brufftagrugby@gmail.com or call 087-9312817

Tag Team at International Tag Festival Rochdale UK

Tag Team at International Tag Festival Rochdale UK

Bruff Hawaian fancy dress

Bruff Hawaian fancy dress


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  One Response to “Bruff Tag goes International!!!”

  1. Guys and Gals,

    Thanks for your involvement last week and your interpretation of evening wear for the Saturday Night ( i think we might have stumbled on a great idea for next year). We are but novices @ running festivals but I have to admit in general the weekend event went well, we have learnt alot from the last weekend and will apply our findings to next years event. There has been considerable interest all ready (see what you’ve done) Hopefully we can attract more non players into the game and possibly some who play full contact also. The weather in Rochdale to day is pitiful, it has not stop raining since 6.00 this morning ( can we pick our weeks or what?) Any way, Hope you all had a pleasant and safe journey home and importantly took with you some fond memories of Rochdale and its people.
    Look forward to meeting up with you all again on the 15th August ( Hope you have booked the weather?) for our 2nd visit to Bruff.

    Thanks again for visiting us,

    Yours In Sport

    Dave R (Swarm TRLF Coach)

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