18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Bruff President, David O'Keefe announced the signing yesterday and revealed that the approach had been made by Hayes himself. O'Keefe fully understands that the amount of time Hayes is likely to spend in a Bruff jersey will be determined by his Munster and Ireland commitments but nevertheless the inclusion of Hayes in the club playing squad will be a huge boost as they set about life in AIB League Division Three.
By the time the new season starts, Hayes will have changed his off-field status from single to married following his marriage this summer to Fiona Steed, Ireland's most capped Women's International.