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John Hayes has decided enough is enough, and you could understand that.  He’s had enough of the hard hits, the unrelenting training and the pain. Who could blame him?  Who could blame this war-horse who has given so much to Munster?

The answer is Nobody.

Yesterday morning, I wandered out to Bruff RFC for John Hayes’s final training session as a Munster player and I found it thronged with supporters, young and old.  Isn’t that wonderful?

Isn’t it wonderful that a rural community should create a rugby club  in the heart of GAA territory and bring it to the top level of Irish club rugby?

Wandering around this event, I caught up with the president of Bruff RFC.

Isn’t it great, I asked him, to see so many top-level Munster players here?

And why wouldn’t they be? he replied.

I was chastened.

Why do you think all these people turned out today?, he demanded.

To support John Hayes? I ventured.

That, and because Bruff RFC is part of what we are.  Do you think these international players are here by accident?

And of course I don’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  5 Responses to “John Hayes Has Final Training Session at Bruff RFC”

Comments (5)
  1.  

    What a man. That man has surely earned his retirement.John Hayes has taken some big hits in his time,and I daresay given some as well.What a great advert for Munster rugby and rugby in general.Bock you mentioned the hard hits and the pain players go through.I think it was Phil vickery who said it was the equivalent of a couple car crashes a week,and I don’t think he was far wrong.I hope he has a long and happy retirement.

  2.  

    A great man and a gentleman.

  3.  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mf919_qRGE

    Go On Bull…’Tis Your Field

  4.  

    Just a great man. And Bruff is a great club.

  5.  

    a hard man, a good man, a fair man…………………. go one the bull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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