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Royal Navy Sharks defend their title at Abingdon 7s

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Royal Navy Sharks defend their title at Abingdon 7s

The Royal Navy Sharks travelled to Abingdon with a depleted squad hoping to retain the 7s cup after last year’s success. This year they had the bonus of the development side, the Royal Navy Stingrays competing alongside them for the 5th time this season and despite a short-notice change to the format of the competition, the Navy Sharks came away victorious! With a good training session at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks South Cerny, both teams were equipped with the skills and match day plans for a good tournament. The teams arrived on match day to face a little confusion. In the days leading up to the tournament several teams had withdrawn and on the day two team were a no show...

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Paula makes a welcome return to the Royal Navy Rugby Union

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Paula makes a welcome return to the Royal Navy Rugby Union

It is with great pleasure that the Royal Navy Rugby Union announces the appointment of Lieutenant Commander Paula Bennett-Smith as the new Assistant Director of Women's Rugby.  Paula joins Captain Roger Readwin (Director of Rugby) and his team with primary responsibility for the direction and oversight of the Women's Representative Team.  She joins at an exciting time for Women's Rugby as a new Women's Development side is launched which will compete in the monthly Army Women's Rugby league competition. A stalwart of Women's Rugby in the Royal Navy, Paula played from 1999 until 2014 and has since gone on to qualify as a Level 2 coach.  During her playing career she was cap...

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I See No Ships!

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I See No Ships!

Peruvian Sailors travel to Portsmouth for a day out A port visit to London as part of the Tall Ships Race presented the opportunity for 20 Peruvian sailors to participate in a grass roots rugby training session at HMS Temeraire. The Royal Navy Rugby Union community team were approached by Mr Rowan Taylor at HMS Temeraire to see if they could assist with a visit by some of the Ship’s Company from the Peruvian Navy BAP Union Tall Ship.  Without a second thought, the RNRU Eastern Region Community Rugby Coach, Dave Wakefield, was happy to take up the challenge and an enjoyable programme was put in place. The Peruvian ship, the second largest sailing ship in the world, was o...

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“It's a Ruck, Not a Beach, Don't Just Lie There!”

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“It's a Ruck, Not a Beach, Don't Just Lie There!”

“It's a ruck, not a beach, don't just lie there!” Ironically referee Andre Watson said that in 2001, perhaps unaware of the exponential growth of beach rugby’s popularity across the rugby-playing world.  Now in its fourth year, the Royal Navy Rugby Union Beach Rugby Festival returned to Weymouth hoping for favourable weather akin to the previous tournaments.  However the fickle British climate dictated that the sun-cream and floppy hats were ditched for umbrellas and warm jumpers, though this did little to dampen the spirit of the sailors who made the journey down to Dorset to participate. The Royal Navy Rugby Union publicised the event in the weeks leadin...

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Royal Navy Sharks - Semi-finalists in the Exeter 7s

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Royal Navy Sharks - Semi-finalists in the Exeter 7s

The Royal Navy Sharks and Royal Navy 7s development side the Stingrays travelled to Exeter to take part in the South West 7s tournament on 15 July 2017.  The tournament had been reorganised at the last minute which left both Royal Navy sides competing against each other.  Joining the Royal Navy sides were the Royal Marines 7s team 'the 1664s' who also enter tournaments around the country so on the Friday all the teams had a joint training session at CTC Lympstone where they shared their skills and 7s knowledge. The Royal Navy Stingrays were the first team to play and they faced a physical Okehampton side.  This physicality was to shock the Stingrays but they held firm wit...

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