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Becoming a Busan Bandit has been an amazing experience for me that has provided me with a lot lessons and beautiful memories. This year, 2020, was my second AGM and Rookie Evening.
I was blessed enough to be given the opportunity to be a part of the social team and be given the social secretary position by my teammates.
Through the years we have always wanted to make sure the rookies come into the Bandits feeling welcome and that they know that they’re entering into a brotherhood, a family that has each others’ backs on and off the field.
Like any other brotherhood, we create memories that are filled with laughter, gaining trust for one another and appreciating each other’s presence.
Bandits for Life
This year we created teams of 3 where there would be 2 rookies and one veteran all from the same country. The games included home games (indoor activities) that took place in the bar of The Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant (Haeundae) and the outdoor activities were done around Haeundae beach and the strip.
The games created a lot of trust for each other and pushed the lads to get out of their comfort zones, so this lead to a lot laughter and competitiveness.
To a successful Busan Bandits 2020 AGM and Rookie evening. We hope to create the same atmosphere at all our events and bring more rookies in each year.
The Busan Bandits Rugby Club (Busan Bandits RFC) and Busan Gaelic Football Club (Laochra Busan GAA) are hosting an Open Training Day at the Samnak Soccer Pitch, Sasang-gu (Directions below).
All are welcome…
Come and experience both Gaelic Football and Rugby Union.
Meet the teams, help grow our community AND HAVE FUN!
It’s all about fitness, learning new skills and team building. There will be NO contact for either sport.
The Open Training Day starts at 11am, finishes at 2pm and Pitch Side refreshments will be provided after training.
Please check out AND click on the map below for directions.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask using the ‘Your Comments‘ section in the form just below.
You can watch all your rugby at the Wolfhound in Busan, including Six Nations, Rugby Championship and Super Rugby matches.
The Wolfhound Irish Pub and Restaurant has also been the main supporter of the Busan Bandits rugby club for a number of years, and is the “official clubhouse” of the team.
Wolfhound Irish Pub and Restaurant – Busan
You can watch the rugby on two different screens and there are two electronic dart boards, as well as one traditional dart board available for relaxation in between rugby matches.
The Wolfhound has been a favorite watering hole for travelers and locals alike – going all the way back to 2010.
They have a mouth-watering food menu as well as an extensive drinks menu available from 5pm week days and 11am on weekends. The drinks menu also include a number of local and foreign beers on tap.
If you are looking to watch the rugby, or just looking for a fun night out in Busan near Haeundae Beach, the Wolfhound is definitely the place to go. There is always a crowd of locals and travelers, good music to dance and listen to, and just has an all round great vibe.
The owners and staff are friendly and accommodating – just ask, and your restaurant needs will be attended to.
Rugby at the Wolfhound!
The Busan Bandits RFC hosted KERA 19 – 6 on Saturday, October 19th. It was the club’s second home tournament for the 2019 KERA league season. The Bandits welcomed the Seoul Survivors, Stars & Stripes Korea Military Rugby and the Ulsan Goblins.
The tournament was played on a wet pitch but the results were a fair reflection of the KERA season with the Seoul Survivors once again claiming the Joe Day Cup after losing it for two years.
KERA 19-6 Tournament Location and Directions
The KERA 19 – 6 tournament took place at the Samnak (삼락) Riverside Sports Park on a wet and soggy Soccer Pitch B (686, Samnak-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan-si) / 부산 사상생태공원 축구장B (부산광역시 사상구 삼락동 686).
Samnak Riverside Park Directions
- Get off at Sasang Station (Metro line 2) and go out exit 3.
- Walk about 15 minutes toward the Nakdong River, or get off Gwaebeop Renecite Station on the Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit line and cross the bridge leading to the park.
- When heading heading south on Nakdong Dae-ro, there is a turnoff to the left that leads to a small tunnel (4.2m clearance) under Gangbyeon Dae-ro.
- Take that turnoff and then turn left after exiting the tunnel.
- You will see the soccer pitch (B) on your right.
Click on the image for a live Google map
KERA 19-6 Match Day Schedule And Results
The KERA 19 – 6 match day schedule with results …
The Busan Bandits Year At A Glance
After failing to field a team during the last tournament, the Bandits put in a decent effort in their second home tournament of the season. They came away with a win against Ulsan and shared the spoils with the Stars & Stripes team. The match against the Survivors is one they would probably like to forget.
It was very much a bag of mixed fortunes kind of season for the Bandits. They were flying high for two consecutive years, with back-to-back KERA league championship wins and one Knock – Out Shield win.
As is the nature of expatriate rugby, some experienced personnel left Korean shores and the Bandits went into the 2019 season with a number of new and inexperienced players. A spate of injuries also didn’t contribute much to their cause.
That said, the Bandits for Life spirit lives on and they will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
The KERA 19 – 6 Social Event
The KERA 19 – 6 social event (prize-giving and speeches) was held at the Busan Bandits ‘clubhouse’, also known as The Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant.
Presentations and speeches started at 6:30 pm and was followed by a Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter final as well as the usual social shenanigans.
The Wolfhound also screened all the quarter finals live throughout the weekend.
Thanks to the contribution of all involved, KERA 19 – 6 Busan was a great success. Next up is the KERA Knock-Out Shield 2019 tournament to be held in Daegu.
KERA 19 – 5: Stars & Stripes Military Rugby Korea
The Stars & Stripes team used their home ground advantage to great effect by claiming wins against both Ulsan Goblins and Seoul Survivors. It is the second time this year that the up-and-coming military team has claimed a Survivor scalp. They made it 2 wins from 2 matches played.
KERA 19 – 5: Seoul Survivors
The Seoul Survivors registered a win against the Ulsan Goblins and yet another loss to the athletic Stars & Stripes team. Although comfortably leading the KERA Log, they seem to have found a new nemesis.
KERA 19-5: Ulsan Goblins
The Ulsan lads once again put in some spirited performances with new players added to their ranks. They welcomed Spencer Ferguson who played his first KERA tournament in Ulsan colours. Unfortunately they could not manage to register a win on the day.
KERA 19-5: Busan Bandits
The Busan Bandits rugby team was an unfortunate late withdrawel from the KERA 19 – 5 tournament. This was due to a spate of injuries and pre-arranged Rugby World Cup 2019 travel plans.
KERA 19-5 After Party
Click on the image for directions to Tailgate Tavern.
A big “thank you” to the Stars & Stripes team for hosting a successful KERA 19-5 tournament and congratulations on the two good wins.