The Irish Rugby Football Union, together with Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster Rugby, have announced the suspension of all Domestic Rugby activity from 6pm this evening 12th March until the 29th March (inclusive), in response to the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Future Domestic Rugby activity will be reviewed in line with Government advice.
Training and Playing:
All Rugby activities across Clubs and Schools, from minis to adult rugby, must now cease.
While Rugby Clubs may wish to continue to operate facilities such as bars and function rooms, they must observe Government restrictions in relation to the number of people that may attend indoor (no more than 100 people) and outdoor (no more than 500 people) events.
Impact on fixtures of note:
We will work with clubs and schools to rearrange fixtures, such as the Schools Cup finals.
Updates, when available, in relation to the professional game will come from tournament organisers.
This Saturday ko 2.30 in kilballyowen sees us play our last league game against Midelton a win will gaurentee bruff a playoff place the following weekend. In a season that hasn’t been kind to us on the injury front the panel has shown great character to be challenging for promotion at this stage. The curtain raiser for this game is a tribute game to the late Alfie Laffan between the All Ireland winning U-20 team against the Bateman cup winning team an opportunity to witness once again some club greats like the Malone’s Carroll’s Horans the list goes on, so if he can at all get yereselves out to kilballyowen action starts at 12.30 and all proceeds from the day go to Milford Hospice.
Bruff RFC’s heroes of seasons-gone-by will roll back the years in aid of a good cause on Saturday, April 13th, as two teams made up of the club’s past players take each other on in Kilballyowen Park.
The game is being played in memory of former Bruffs second row Alfie Laffan, with all of the gate proceeds on the day going to Milford Hospice. It will be the prelude to an All-Ireland League clash between the senior teams of Bruff and Midleton, both of whom are flying high at the moment and vying for promotion from Division 2C.
Bruff’s senior side are unbeaten at home this season, and their game represents a chance for the current batch of players to take a step closer to adding a new chapter in the club’s proud history.
Many of those responsible for previous historical highlights – such as promotion from the ranks of Junior rugby and winning the All Ireland Bateman Cup a few years later – will feature in the warm-up game. Everyone playing will have called Alfie Laffan a teammate at some point in their playing career. The fixture provides an opportunity for those on and off the field to share their memories of a very fondly-remembered clubman, who died in 2014 after battling cancer.
President of Bruff Neilus Noonan said it is a mark of how respected Alfie was that so many players were willing to dust off their boots for the veterans’ game.
“Alfie was a giant of a man on the field and a gentleman off of it. He was part of two All-Ireland winning Bruffteams, at Under-20s and at senior for the Bateman Cup.We’re delighted to be able to mark his memory in this unique way, with so many of his former teammates running once more on to the field where he learned how to play the game,” said the President.
A big crowd is expected in Kilballyowen Park for the two fixtures, with the veterans’ clash kicking off at 12.30pm and the senior game starting at 2.30pm. All proceeds taken at the gate on the day will be donated to Milford Hospice. If you cannot make the fixture andwould still like to make a donation to mark the event, you can do so through Bruff RFC. Donations can be lodged with the reference ‘Alfie Laffan Commemorative Game’ and the following account details.