Pres Bray re­unite three decades on

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THREE DECADES since their glory-year play­ing rugby for Pres Bray, and three mem­bers of that team are still play­ing for Wex­ford.

The 30-year re­union of the team of 1980/81 took place re­cently in Jim Doyle's when the men got to­gether to watch France ver­sus Eng­land in the Six Na­tions.

‘ The ma­jor­ity of the team were there,' ex­plained Ge­orge Boyle, adding that some had trav­elled from as far as San Jose, Bos­ton and Seat­tle es­pe­cially for the get-to­gether.

Un­beaten for the en­tire school year, the team lost the first round of the se­nior cup, their only recorded loss of the sea­son.

Most of the at­ten­dees in Jim's hadn't seen each other since then, and had a great night rem­i­nisc­ing on the good old days.

John ‘Spud' Mur­phy, a for­mer Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional, is one of the three still ac­tive in Wex­ford, along with Pat Ryan and Joe Barry.

‘We want to keep these re­unions go­ing ev­ery year,' said Ge­orge, who said that the tra­di­tion be­gan last year with the team of ‘79/'80. ' You don't have to have been on the team that par­tic­u­lar year, any­one who played rugby for Pres is wel­come to any of the re­unions, which will al­ways take place dur­ing one of the Six Na­tions matches.'

Con­tact Ge­orge on next year's gather­ing, email him on ge­orge@bss­soft­ware.com.

Gary Ryan, Joe Barry, John Slevin, Pat Ryan, Kevin Web­ster, John Spud Mur­phy, De­clan Power, Chris O'Shea, Ge­orge Boyle, Paul Maguire, Aedan Quinn. Play­ers miss­ing from photo are Pat Mc­Carthy, David Hanafin, Pat Collins, Crios­toir McLaugh­lin, Chuck Schae­fer, James Dou­glas, John Mur­ray.

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