January 2006

Why become a referee?

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Think you can do better? Are the aches and pains ain taking too long to go away after a game? Need a new challenge? There are many reasons for taking up the whistle. Here are just a few: •It is a great way for ex-players to stay involved in the game (and keep active!) •It is a chance to meet new people and make new friends locally, nationally and maybe even internationally! •It will help you stay active and keep fit. Remember you have to be able to keep up with play. •Most games are usually good fun. Outside of league and cup games, players are typically on the field because they love the game, and still retain the traditional rugby attitudes to sportsmanship and team play. •O...

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Gloucester Rugby Try Out Naval Training

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English internationals Mike Tindall and James Simpson-Daniel, were among the Gloucester Rugby Squad who took part in team-building training at the Royal Navy's premier training establishment in the South West on Thursday 19 January 2006. The group also included England internationals Adam Balding, Alex Brown, Peter Richards and South African Jake Boer. A group of seven senior players and four coaching staff spent half a day at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall hosted by the Royal Navy and their commercial partners Flagship Training Limited. The Zurich premiership players faced the challenge of saving a sinking ship holed by enemy attack in high seas. The exercise took place in a high tech simula...

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A unique Presidential Occasion

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A unique Presidential Occasion: the launch of the RNRU Centenary On Monday 09th January 2006 Admiral Sir Jonathon Band KCB First Sea Lord (Desig) and President of the Royal Navy Rugby Union hosted a unique gathering of the Presidents of the Home Unions, Mr Keith Rowlands WRU, Mr Lee Angel RFU, Mr Andy Irvine SRU, and Mr Andy Crawford IRFU. The Presidents mustered, fittingly, on board HMS PRESIDENT, home of London RNR, before transiting down the Thames on P2000 Patrol boats to HMS GRAFTON alongside at the Royal Albert Dock. In the company of illustrious Partners and representative players from all the Navy Teams, the RNRU President launched the centenary year with a look back to 1906 wh...

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Navy ticket office opens

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Tickets for this year's Army v Navy match have gone on sale and our call centre team are awaiting your call. The team, provided by our partners at CoDEStorm, are able to deal with all your requirements and have tickets in both the West and East stands for sale. Ticket prices are unchanged from last year and the date for your diary is Saturday 6th May. 'Tickets are already selling very steadily', says Leia (pictured in action), 'with those in the West stand proving most popular at the moment'. She added, 'We speak to some great people on the ticket hotline and we are looking forward to being very busy!'. The message is 'book early!'. See more photos of our Call Centre team here!

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Leonard Touches Down on HMS Illustrious

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Jason Leonard on Board - 14th December 2005 Jason Leonard touched down on the flight deck of HMS Illustrious to give rugby a lift-off for kids in Portsmouth yesterday. England's most-capped international player took part in a coaching session for children from two South Coast schools as part of the Royal & SunAlliance SEE U @ RUG B programme. Children from Court Lane Junior School and St Jude's CofE Primary School in Portsmouth are learning to play the game with the help of the Rugby Football Union's Community coaches. Jason Leonard getting to Grips on HMS Illustrious And 30 year five and six pupils were able to join World Cup winner Leonard for skills training and games a...

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