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February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Ray O’Hanlon

Rugby fans are in for a rare treat as Garryowen, the famed Limerick club, is lined up to play in Kick Off 2000, a round-robin tournament to be played in New Brunswick, N.J., on the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10.

The tournament kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the New Brunswick Memorial Stadium on Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

The tournament, also featuring a number of New Jersey teams, is being sponsored by the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association. New Brunswick and Limerick are twinned under the auspices of the association.

Garryowen, founded in 1884, is one of the strongest sides in Irish club rugby. The club captured the All-Ireland League title in the 1998-99 season. The club gave its name to the famous tactic, often employed by Irish international sides, of kicking the ball high and rushing at the player on the opposing side who is lining up to catch it.

For details on the Kick Off 2000 tournament, sponsored in part by New Brunswick’s Bennigans Restaurant, call Andy Gury at (732)745-5004.

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