May 202018

The following is how to access the tickets for the Off the Ball roadshow for Wednesday 23rd May at Bruff RFC.

You will need to register on

Once you register click on the event at Bruff RFC.

The Access Key is BRUFFRFC (all Uppercase)

This will allow you to enter the access key and save/print off the tickets.

May 192018

Off The Ball, in association with Heineken Rugby Club is back on the road May 23rd at Bruff RFC, Kilballyowen Park.

There will be a Questions and Answers event in the Clubhouse from 7 pm – 9:00 pm that evening. Guests on the evening will include the following,

  • Eddie O’Sullivan, Former Irish International Manager
  • John Hayes, Bruff RFC, Munster, Ireland & Lion
  • Fiona Steed, Munster & Irish International
  • Peter Malone, Elite Player Development Manager and MunsterA Head Coach
  • Ger Malone, Bruff RFC & Incoming Munster Branch President

Prior to the Q&A session Eddie O’Sullivan will be running a training session from 5:30 pm to 6:30pm.

Come along for what promises to be a great evening entertainment.

Tickets are available to download from the off the ball website at the following link.

May 052018

It promises to be a battle royal between Bruff and Bandon at Kilballyowen Park as the Limerick men try to hold onto their Ulster Bank League status, while the west Cork side will make an historic leap out of the junior ranks if they win. ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2C PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF: Saturday, May 5

BRUFF (9th, Div 2C) v BANDON (2nd, Round Robin Series), Kilballyowen Park, 2.30pm

Enduring a hugely frustrating end to the regular season, Bruff finished just one victory away from safety with their inferior scoring difference leaving them second-from-bottom, just behind Tullamore. So it is now win-or-bust for a proud club that initially gained promotion in 2004.

Bruff have been a fixture across a number of divisions since then, but Brian Cahill’s current crop found the going tough in the bottom tier this year. Missing a much-needed streak of consistency, they went from drawing with eventual champions Sligo and defeating local rivals Thomond to losing to fellow teams in the lower reaches.

Sadly, long-serving hooker and captain John Hogan can only watch from the sidelines as Bruff’s survival mission plays out. He had to retire earlier in the campaign due to a neck injury, and while Cahill has a mostly young squad, he can call on the experience of his brother, out-half Tony, prop Dave Horan (younger brother of Marcus) and lock Neilus Keogh, the former Ireland Under-20 Grand Slam winner.

Bruff’s narrow loss at promotion-chasing Omagh three weeks ago, combined with their prior defeat of Bective Rangers, suggests that they can pull off the required result today, especially with the backing off the home support. However, Bandon will not be daunted by the challenge having gained momentum through their runners-up finish in the All-Ireland Provincial League Championship.

Back-to-back wins over Ashbourne (55-26) and Instonians (21-17), with a try-scoring bonus point also earned against eventual Round Robin winners Ballina, have Regis Sonnes’ Corkmen on the cusp of an historic breakthrough into the Ulster Bank League.

Frenchman Sonnes is leaving the club to return to Toulouse as their joint-head coach next season, so the players are determined to send him off in style. Bandon captain Tom Ferguson told the Southern Star: “We had a massive crowd supporting us at Old Chapel last week and also up in Mullingar for our Under-18s’ All-Ireland final win.

“It is unbelievable to have that kind of backing and support behind us, so hopefully we can go on and do the business against Bruff. I think it is an advantage for us in a way that the play-off is against another Munster team in Bruff. A lot of Munster teams play similarly and we are playing away to those teams all year.”

Bruff will have to keep close tabs on the visitors’ Argentinian scrum half Santiago Gonzalez and former Cork Constitution centre Kerry Desmond, who struck for a late match-winning try against Inst seven days ago. Bandon’s back row are also a very strong unit, with number 8 Ferguson combining well with Kiwi recruit Conall Bromwich and Ryan Hayes.

Bandon are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Omagh who won the corresponding play-off fixture last year, coming away from Boyne with a 29-9 triumph and the ultimate prize of a ticket to the Ulster Bank League. Bruff can look to Sligo for inspiration as they recently won the Division 2C title – a little under two years on from their 24-22 promotion/relegation play-off win over junior challengers Enniscorthy.

May 032018

Promotion Relegation playoff

A big crowd is expected in Kilballyowen on this Saturday 5th of May as the Clubs senior status is put on the line in a Promotion / Relegation play off Versus Bandon RFC. Bandon are on the back of a Munster Junior League title winning run and a 2nd place finish in the Round robin series.
Bruff on the other hand are after a very mixed season which saw them win 7 of their 18 games with 2 draws also in the mix. Bruff have showed signs of improvement in their last two outing, beating Bective Rangers and narrowly losing to Omagh away in the North last day out.
All supporters are urged to arrive early and be careful when approaching the grounds as a large support is expected from both sides.
Munster Junior Bowl Title for the seconds.
The 2nd Xv won the Munster junior Bowl on Sunday by beating Bantry in the final played in Musgrave Park.
Cian Clifford opened the scoring with an early penalty which was followed shortly after by an Ordhan Ring try. The young no8 powered over from short range after taking a quick tap penalty close to the Bantry try line. Bantry made it 8-7 midway through the half with a converted try before Paddy Thompson went over for a second Bruff try to make it 13-7 to Bruff.
Bantry took a 14-13 lead early in the second half but it was Richie McAuliffe who yet again showed the value of having a good place kicker landing 3 penalties from the tee to push Bruff into a 22-14 lead. Bantry hit a late long range place kick to make it 22.17 but it was too little too late for the West Cork side.
Eamon Cooke who was Bruff captain on the day collected the cup from fellow Bruff man Ger Malone and lifted the trophy for the first time in the clubs history.
Well done to Eamon & Neilus Keogh who have looked after the 2nds this season and also to Pauline McAuliffe who has been on hand to help out with the first aid duties.
Team, E Cooke, J Fitzgerald, B Bulfin, T O’Dwyer, T O’Dwyer, O Ring, C Rea, M McCarthy, C Clifford, R McAulliffe, C Ryan, S Darcy, B Cahill, L Tracey, B Deady Subs N Keogh, M Carroll, M Cooke, T Carroll, P Thompson
Please note the following dates for the Pre AGM & AGM –
Pre AGM Tuesday 15th
AGM Wednesday 30th May – All members are urged to attend.
We have 3 CE positions in Bruff RFC for Caretaker/groundsman responsible for maintenance of clubhouse and grounds. 19.5 hrs per week. Applicants must be in receipt of DSP payment for over 12 months and apply through local employment services. Please contact Harriet Cunningham on 0860598312 for further info