All of us at Bruff RFC would like to take this chance to congratulate John Hayes, on his fabulous achievement in becoming the first ever Irish player to gain 100 international caps (once he sets foot on the green sward at Twickers).
It’s a long, long time since that fateful day when he played for the very first time as wing forward for Bruff against Newcastle West in a Nil-all draw, and how things have changed for both Bruff RFC and for John since.
Having gathered Two Heineken Cup medals, some triple crowns and a Six nations championship along the way, along with British & Irish Lions honours, we are very proud of the achievements of our most famous son. As John has matured as a rugby player in the intervening years, we also have matured as a club and in an attempt to emulate his brilliant achievements on the pitch we are proud of the fact that we are able to compete against the best at the highest levels in the All Ireland League. Who would ever have thought we would be four games away from a semi-final playoff in Division 2 and that one of our players would be the first to get to that magical 100 caps?
Thank you John for your many years of service to the game of Rugby, to your Club, your province and to your country, all accolades are very well deserved for Bruff RFC’s first true professional and we are very proud to have your very first International Jersey hanging in pride of place on the Clubhouse wall.