Belgian and Latvian entries have joined those from around this island for Buccaneers’ third annual Sevens and Tag Tournament, Bank Holiday Weekend, over August 4 and 5.

The SuperValu Athlone Rugby 7s Tournament and Tag Festival’s international flavour has upped its profile no end, Buccaneers Rugby public relations officer Michael Silke said just two-and-a-half weeks out from kick-off.

“Having those two entries has really bolstered the profile,” Silke said.

“Especially given there’s a healthy smattering of south-sea islanders in most other entries registered in the senior stocks thus far. Junior ranks are growing nicely and there’s still plenty of room in the womens’ block as well.”

The feature senior mens event boasts a prize pool of €2000, while the junior and womens ranks offer €1000 each. The entry fee per squad of 12 is €250 for OPEN MENS, and €200 for entering either of the other two sections.

Sideline offerings comprise family-based activities, food and drink, and of course the chance to see scintillating sevens football.

The TAG RUGBY festival will play out over Sunday the 5th for mixed teams of 12 players under IRFU rules. Discounts are available to teams entering both Sevens and Tag competitions.

Full details are available at www.AR7s.ie or phone Geraldine at 086 173 2711 for further information.

In other Buccaneers news:

The Buccs LOTTO is now up to €8,400! Numbers drawn last week: 1, 13, 20 and 30. The absence of an overall winner Jackpotted this weekend’s draw to a whopping €8,400. Karla McGann matched three numbers and won €200. Weekly tickets can be bought at the Bounty up to 10pm on Saturday nights. Contact Geraldine at 086 173 2711 if you wish to pay by quarterly or annual Banker’s Order. Thank you to all supporting Buccs Lotto.

Buccaneers Rugby Summer Camp, geared for boys and girls aged six to 13 years old, takes place at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on the week after next from Monday July 30 to Friday August 2, from 9.30am to 2.30pm each day.

IRFU-qualified coaches will help the participants learn the game and skills including passing, kicking and tackling. Fun games and mini matches kick in later in the week. Fee is only €49. Registration numbers are almost at capacity so contact Conor 087 767 5082 to book or log on to the club’s website at www.buccaneersrfc.com for further details. Book now before this camp is fully-subscribed and avoid disappointment.

TAG RUGBY

There is now just one round of Thursday pool games remaining in Buccaneers Tag Rugby Summer League with the finals scheduled to take place at Dubarry Park on Friday, July 27.

GOLF CLASSIC

Buccaneers annual golf classic takes place at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on Friday, August 17. More details to follow but best to book early to secure preferred tee-off times! Contact Geraldine 086 173 2711.

MIKE RIGNEY

Last November, 50-year-old Mike Rigney (the eldest of the legendary Rigney sporting eight) suffered a massive stroke that has left him requiring fulltime 24/7 care and assistance as well as modifications to his family home. A series of fund-raising events are taking place primarily on Friday week, July 27, when a Gala Evening will follow another Golf Classic.

The Golf Classic takes place at Portlaoise Golf Club with tees available from 7.30am on Friday 27 July. Entry fee is €200 per team of four and the competition is Stableford. The prizes will be presented at the Gala Night later that night at the Heritage Hotel.

RTE pundit and Offaly hurler Michael Duignan will be the ‘celebrity auctioneer’ at this function where a wide range of items, including many of a sporting nature, will come under the hammer.

This Sunday, July 22, there will be a Sponsored Cycle from Portlaoise Rugby Football Club, where Mike was a noted number-eight and is a former club president. This gets under way at 9.30am and will be led off by Mick Galwey.

Five of Mike’s brothers: Brian, Des, Donal, Colm and Kieran played with Buccaneers (as did Michael Duignan). Your support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.

Log on to [email protected] for details of how to donate if you cannot participate or attend any of the above events.

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