TAG RUGBY 2018 FINALS ON FRIDAY | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Jul  23   2018


The finals of Buccaneers Tag Rugby Summer League take place at Dubarry Park on this Friday evening. Six finals will take place, 3 matches at a time, with the action getting under way from 7 p.m. The presentation of the relevant prizes will take place afterwards in The Bounty. A night of good craic and music will follow.


The finals fixtures are as follows:-

7 p.m.:-            Inglorious Passers v Must Tag Sally

                        Hanley’s Heroes v Young Buccs

                        S Tag 7 v Octotaggers

8 p.m.:-            Coupers Loopers v Springbuccs

                        Tic Tag v Wu Tag Clan

                        Bounty Boozers v Karma Taggers      




Training commenced last week for the upcoming season with the opening match seeing Buccaneers square up to Ballina for the first time at senior level when the teams clash at Heffernan Park in the Connacht Senior League on August 25th. Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with all players (Firsts, Seconds and U-20’s) ready to go on the pitch by 7 p.m. nightly.


New Head Coach Peter O’Donnell takes over the reins this season and he will have assistance from another new arrival to Dubarry Park in Michael Harding, who is in charge of Buccs Seconds this term. Good to see a decent attendance at last week’s sessions. Many familiar faces, plenty of young new ones too, and some from the not too distant past such as Conor Higgins were on the training paddock. Attracting a lot of interest was Andries Kruger, a promising young flanker who has signed for the Pirates. He represented Griquas in the U-20 Currie Cup championship in South Africa last season and we wish ‘Andre’ the best of luck in Athlone.




Jordan Conroy has been among the try scorers as Ireland achieved a highly creditable top ten finish in the Sevens World Cup finals played in San Francisco at the weekend. Highlight of his exploits was a hattrick in a seven minutes spell by the Buccs speedster against Sevens regulars Kenya. Ireland completed the tournament with three wins in succession to claim the Challenge Cup title and finish ninth overall.




There is steady demand already for tickets for the opening match of the season at Dubarry Park when Connacht entertain Wasps in a greatly anticipated friendly on Saturday, August 18th. This will be Connacht’s first game under new head coach Andy Friend and will give sports fans from the midlands and beyond an opportunity to witness Bundee Aki, Jack Carty, Tiernan O’Halloran, Ultan Dillane, Matt Healy and teammates up close.


Meanwhile, English Premiership giants Wasps have a host of internationals from around the world in their squad including England septet Joe Launchbury (who captains the visitors), Elliott Daly, James Haskell, Nathan Hughes, Paul Doran-Jones, Kieran Brookes and Brad Shields. Willie LeRoux, Jimmy Gopperth, Christian Wade, Brendan Macken and Zurabi Zhvania are other internationals in their star-studded multi-nation squad.


Tickets are selling well, particularly for the stand, on the Connacht Rugby website, with the Family pack (admits 2 adults + 2 juniors to ground) costing only €20 looking the best value. Other prices:- Stand €15; Ground €10; Junior €5.




Heartfelt condolences are extended to Pat Cooney and family on the sudden passing of his wife Bridie. May she rest in eternal peace.