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“Gwrys yn Kernow” – Priddey and Pascoe Seal Victory

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The Royal Navy backed up the early victories from the Mariners and the Women with a tense 10 – 0 win to leave the raucous US Portsmouth crowd happy but exhausted.  A game where both packs of forwards never stopped going at each other hell for leather and one that both sides struggled to find space in a claustrophobic game.  By the final whistle the Navy had battled to a win with a Dave Pascoe penalty and conversion  alongside  a Ben  Priddey try.   “ Gwrys   yn   Kernow ”  as they say and for those from East of the Tamar, it translates as, 'made in Cornwall'. The opening quarter of the game was like a boxing ma...

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Defenders of the Faith

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Defenders of the Faith

Defenders of the Faith For all but ten minutes of the Royal Navy Women’s match against the RAF the Navy team were at defence watches.  With the RAF almost monopolising possession wave after wave of Air attacks were in bound but as with the Navy’s latest Type 45 destroyers, the Navy Women’s Air Defence capability was first class.  Tackles were crunching, continuous and contagious.  Following their captain, Sarah Jenkin’s lead the team followed are all were prepared to put body on the line time and time again. And for the other ten minutes?  Maritime Strike Capability at its best, three visits to the RAF twenty-two, three tries, a 17-6 victory...

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More Dr Jekyll, Less Mr Hyde

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More Dr Jekyll, Less Mr Hyde

For the first twenty five minutes of their opening 2014 Inter Service match, the Mariners produced a brand of rugby that was full of intensity, movement, support play and continuity.  For the next fifty five they fail to deliver on this early promise, although they continued strong in defence.  The Mariners deserved their 27-15 win because of their opening play.  However as they now look towards Kneller Hall, they need to make sure that Mr Hyde is not available to travel. Unlike the RAF v Army veterans match last week, the game started in a bright fashion with both sides looking to move the ball and probe each other’s defences.  An early penalty conceded for ...

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Bob & Bill Who?

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Bob & Bill Who?

As is now tradition on the eve of the Royal Navy v Royal Air Force matches the Life Members of the Royal Navy Rugby Union, along with Vice Presidents and sponsors met for their annual dinner at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Before dinner the Senior XV squad joined the guests and today’s playing team were presented with their match jerseys. The jerseys were presented by Rugby Football Union President, Bob Reeves, and RFU Chairman, Bill Beaumont, the principle guests for the evening. As a former Grand Slam winning captain Bill, it was thought, would need no introduction, however, it soon became apparent amongst the younger, current playing generation, Bill is better remember...

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Combination to Unlock the Secrets of Navy Rugby

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Combination to Unlock the Secrets of Navy Rugby

22-14-32-11-0.  Spin the numbers on the tumbler, and as the safe door is opened, then some of the secrets of Navy Rugby past and present are revealed.  When the Royal Navy Mariners, Women and Senior XVs host their Royal Air Force counterparts on Wednesday the day will bring its usual heady mix of pride, passion, heartache and joy.  However, across the three Navy teams, there will be some personal milestones that will make the day a little more special. Dave Sibson in the shadow of Mike Connolly at a Mariner’s coaching session, 66 years of playing and coaching Navy Rugby between them. Twenty Two.  The Mariners open the day’s rugby when they host ...

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