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Mariners Pile on the Points against Torpoint

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Mariners Pile on the Points against Torpoint

The Mariners needed a fillip after they were unable to close out the game against the stalwarts of Devonport Services the previous week.  The performance against Torpoint RFC exceeded expectations particularly as the coaches were willing to risk cohesion and continuity by rotating the squad to try out different combinations.  Mariners’ team captain, Stan Mortensen, when asked what the team took from the match, said, “I think we can take confidence in our progress from the previous game especially in our defensive systems. There are always things that we can work on but looking forward to the next game we are in a strong position. Also, with the amount of new play...

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Lessons to learn in Oxford

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Lessons to learn in Oxford

Their first match of the season wasn't perhaps quite the success the Royal Navy Senior XV were looking for but there were certainly plenty of lessons to be learnt following the match against the Oxford Blues at Iffley Road.  Travelling to Oxford only a few days after the start of their training camp, they came up short against the youth and cohesiveness of the Blues squad, going down 22 - 17, but it was an exciting match to watch and all players got a run out. It was a cold, crisp evening with the home side wearing their traditional dark blue strip so the Navy team turned out in white shirts for the occasion.  Starting strongly, Jon Humphrey put the first points in the board...

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Two wins from two games for Royal Navy Women

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Two wins from two games for Royal Navy Women

The Royal Navy Women faced up to their second opponents of the season, Portsmouth Ladies RFC, on Wednesday evening at HMS Collingwood.   Due to the lack of a fully qualified RN front row the game was played with uncontested scrums from the off.   The delayed kick off didn’t seem to affect the RN Women and they started extremely brightly, reclaimed the ball from the off and began with some pleasing phases of play.   They stretched their opponents and began exerting their dominance, maintaining control of the ball and built up the pressure.   A deft cross field kick by the RN outside half, from open play, almost saw the RN on the score sheet h...

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Royal Navy Senior XV travel to Oxford for their first outing of 2017

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Royal Navy Senior XV travel to Oxford for their first outing of 2017

The reigning Inter Service champions travel to Oxford for their first match of the season on Wednesday to take on the University side.  Last year the Royal Navy team made the most of their home advantage, winning 34 - 5, but this time the encounter will take place at the Oxford ground on Iffley Road.  The Oxford Blues have 14 matches under their belts already this season, but it is the first time the Navy Senior XV have played this season, with the Navy training camp only forming last week.  The students recently travelled to Aldershot to take on the Army but after a strong start they faded in the second half to lose 32 - 5.  Their match against the RAF was cance...

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Royal Navy Rugby Union Recognises Volunteers at United Services Portsmouth

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Royal Navy Rugby Union Recognises Volunteers at United Services Portsmouth

Two members of the United Services Portsmouth Rugby Football Club were recognised for their valuable contribution to rugby by the Royal Navy Rugby Union last Wednesday.  USPRFC is one of the two ‘voting member’ clubs affiliated to the RNRU, (the other is Devonport Services RFC) and as such the RNRU are keen that the excellent services of the volunteers at the club are highlighted and acknowledged.    The final of the Royal Navy Regional Rugby competition, the Inverdale Challenge, was the ideal opportunity to invite friends and family to Burnaby Road (the home of the RNRU and also of USPRFC), and to present the awards to the deserving recipients.  Th...

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