December 2007

Cowboy's Citing Upheld

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At a recent RNRU Disciplinary Hearing the panel upheld the primary issue from the ARU's citing of Navy U23 Captain, POET Wayne 'Cowboy' John. The panel, chaired by RNRU's Disciplinary Officer, Cdr Stuart Crozier, did not however feel a playing ban was warranted but have issued Cowboy with a formal caution to make him aware of the potential for serious injury from dangerous tackles and to remind him of his responsibilities as a player. Commenting on the hearing judgement Navy Director of Rugby, Lt Cdr Geraint Ashton Jones said, "The hearing was very fair and thorough. Cowboy had already accepted that he had committed a dangerous tackle although not intentionally so. That such play co...

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Ocean's 11

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Eleven Navy players have been selected for this season's Combined Services U23 squad. The players are: L/Cpl Lol Blackburn (Cdo Logs RM), AB Wayne Dugan (HMS Lancaster), Mne Aaron Humphries (45 Cdo RM), POET Wayne John (HMS Bulwark), AET Gareth Jones (HMS Heron), AET Kyle Mason (HMS Bulwark), AB Kev McCrossan (HMS Argyle), SLt Dale Smith (BRNC), Mne John Stevens (42 Cdo RM), AET Lewis Taylor (HMS Heron), Mne Ryan Wells (42 Cdo RM). SLt Ed Targett (Fleet) has also been selected as a non traveling reserve. Commenting on the selection Navy U23 Head Coach, Lt Doc Cox said; "I am delighted for the players that have been selected and am sure that they will acquit themselves and Navy Rugby...

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Cole's Christmas Column

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As the Christmas season approaches and 07 draws to a close it is with great delight that we should all pass our congratulations to the victorious Under 23s. Under the guidance of Doc Cox, Owen Salmon and Bruno Brunning they overcame not only stern opposition but the weather in winning the Youth Inter-Services at RAF Halton. However, none of this would have been possible without the immense amount of work undertaken behind the scenes by all the TSG managed in her own inimitable fashion by Helen McClement. The Senior XV got underway on a wet and windy night at Birkenhead Park against the AA Wooden spooners, drawn from Division 2 and 3 clubs in the North of England. With Capt. Matt Pa...

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Navy U23 Skipper Cited

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Following the match against the Army U23 on 24 November the Army Rugby Union have cited Navy skipper POET Wayne 'Cowboy' John (HMS Bulwark) for an alleged dangerous tackle. Asked to comment Navy Director of Rugby, Lt Cdr Geraint Ashton Jones said: "I can confirm that the Army have informed us that they intend to cite Cowboy for a dangerous tackle but until I receive all the evidence from Navy Rugby's Disciplinary Officer (Cdr Stuart Crozier) and have been able to talk to the player it would be wrong to comment further. What I will say though is that the Army Rugby Union have handled the matter very fairly. They gave an indication immediately after the game that there was a concern bu...

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Cole's Column

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November has been an unusually busy month with fixtures as diverse as the Naval Air Command (NAC) and RN Ladies against the Maritime Atlantique to the Combined Services Annual Remembrance fixture against the Barbarians with the Command Championships sandwiched in between and then to end the month the U23s Inter-Services match against the Army . A thoroughly enjoyable day at RNAS Yeovilton saw the RN Ladies and NAC both victorious over our allies from northern Europe; and despite the biting cold and wind the general standard of play belied the conditions. The Combined Services fixture saw 6 of last years RN squad take the field during the 80 minutes under the Captaincy of Dave Pascoe (...

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