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The 2017 'Entente Cordial' Challenge Kicks Off!

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The 2017 'Entente Cordial' Challenge Kicks Off!

With the series levelled at six a piece, the Royal Navy Rugby Union Senior XV will be looking to make the most of their home advantage when they meet their French Navy counterparts on Wednesday evening at Plymouth Albion RFC. The annual 'Entente Cordial' fixture between the Royal Navy Rugby Union and the French 'Marine Nationale' was established in 2005, the year that marked 200 years since the Battle of Trafalgar.  The match serves to strengthen the ties between the two Navies and after the competition on the pitch there is always post-match camaraderie between the teams.  This year the event takes place in the West Country, and both the French men's and women's teams have ...

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Home win against Hampshire

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Home win against Hampshire

It was a cold, foggy night on the South Coast when the Royal Navy Senior XV treated the spectators at Burnaby Road to a convincing win over County Shield Champions, Hampshire RFU, 28 - 5, in their only home match of the season. Following a day of brilliant sunshine with thermometers at the training camp in Fort Blockhouse, Gosport touching 18 degrees centigrade, the temperature plummeted and the mist rolled in. Fog sirens could be heard in the background as Royal Marine musician, Edd Pascoe, led the Navy team onto the pitch for this their first and only match at Burnaby Road in 2017. There were some key players absent from the team sheet, with team captain and hooker, Ben Priddey ...

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Havant Hold on to Their First Half Lead

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Havant Hold on to Their First Half Lead

Positive rugby in extremely challenging conditions and a valiant effort from the Mariners saw Havant RFC held in a deadlock in the second half on what was a very wet evening at HMS Collingwood.  However three tries by the visitors in the first half meant the final score went against the Mariners, 0 - 19. From Havant taking the first kick of the game (which went straight out) it quickly became clear that this would be a closely contested battle in the set piece.  A fired-up Havant came out in force with players seeking to demonstrate their eligibility to play in their forthcoming Hampshire Cup Final.  The Royal Navy Mariners responded well and some large, crunching hits by...

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President's XV out-played by the Police

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President's XV out-played by the Police

It was an overcast night in East London when the Royal Navy President's XV travelled to West Ham to take on the British Police.  With soft conditions underfoot, the Police made the most of their home advantage running in 5 tries (plus a penalty try), to win the match 39 - 14.  However the scoreboard did not accurately reflect the competitiveness of the game.   It was the Police who made the first score, with a try in the opening five minutes, but the kick was wide.  The Navy team responded immediately with a try of their own, scored by Royal Marine Pat Coy, which was successfully converted by Slader, 5 - 7.  The next twenty minutes saw possession go first ...

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Victory for the Visitors at Glasgow

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Victory for the Visitors at Glasgow

Ten years on from the 2007 memorial match to celebrate the life of Royal Marine Craig Hodgkinson the Royal Navy Rugby Union Senior XV travelled north to take on the Glasgow Hawks at the old Anniesland ground at the High School of Glasgow in a charity fundraiser.   Playing in front of a full house, the Navy team were keen to prove their credentials and give the spectators an evening of great rugby.   This they did, with the final score Glasgow Hawks 17 - RN Senior XV 28. Navy Head Coach, Ash Coates said "We are delighted to play here this evening, to mark the anniversary of the memorial match for Craig and to raise money for the Craig Hodgkinson Trust.   ...

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