December 2010

RN Community Rugby Starts 2011 with the Navy Cup Final

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  Navy Cup Final Preview   Following their 12-19 victory over HMS Collingwood, HMS Heron only have cup final newcomers HMS Excellent between them and a record 9 th Navy Cup Final title.   A hard fought semi-final was played at HMS Collingwood which saw HMS Heron battle back from a 12-3 deficit to deservedly book their place in the 5 Jan final.  After an uncharacteristic sluggish start, Heron showed that up front they had too much power and behind the scrum, in Navy U23s Humphries and Hunt, they had too much class for the Collingwood team. As the two teams went head to head there was also another interesting duel ongoing as former Navy prop, Si Burns (Collingwood)...

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Logs 'Charlie' Lewis Selected for Scotland

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  Logs Charlotte 'Charlie' Lewis is set to open another chapter in Royal Navy Rugby illustrious history by becoming the Navy's first women International player as she represents Scotland in their match against Spain to be held in Madrid on Mon 3 Jan 11. The opponents add a touch of irony to the fixture as Charlie has only recent returned from a posting to Gibraltar.  During this period Charlie was supported with her training by local club Gibraltar RFC.  The cross border rivalry is as fierce as ever so many in Gibraltar would raise a glass to Charlie and a Scottish victory.   A member of the RN(W) team Charlie has worked hard for her success and is hoping that ...

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Promising Season So Far

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  As Navy Rugby approaches Christmas with an abundance of rugby success and a selection headache for the Senior XV coaches to ponder before the first of the Senior XV fixtures away against Oxford University on 2 Feb 11.    Whilst Britain froze HMS Cumberland kicked off proceedings in far warmer conditions, by winning the Al Ain 7s.  Under the coaching of CPO (Dave) Sibson, Cumberland's team proved too strong for their challengers and were worthy winners.  Navy centre, Dale Sleeman, proved that his form of last season has not diminished and he will again be a powerful presence in midfield.  However former Navy U23s Matt Williams (Flanker) and Nial Copeland (...

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Royal Marines 2010 Inter Command Champions (Inverdale Cup)

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  Royal Marines Regain Inter Command Title (Inverdale Cup) 2010   The afternoon saw Plymouth beat Portsmouth 30-6 to take 3 rd place in the 2010 Inter Command competition. That evening the Royal Marines played the Naval Air Command in a repeat of last year's final at the home of Navy Rugby Burnaby Rd, Portsmouth.  However, the result this year was reversed in favour of the Marines.   The Marines fielded a strong squad containing no less than 6 Senior Navy capped players and 4 Navy U23 2010 Inter Service Championship winners.  However, the Marines only started with a 21 man squad due to the later arrival of one player from Junior Command Course.  The ...

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Navy U23 Captain Mne Dennis Scotthorne Awarded U23 Player of the Year

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  Brian Weeks Memorial Trophy   Having led his team through an undefeated U23 season including an Inter Service win and victory in the Army's Home of Rugby in Aldershot, Mne Dennis Scotthorne (42 Cdo RM) was awarded the Brian Weeks Memorial Trophy as U23 player of the year.   Now in its 4 th year the Brian Weeks Trophy keeps alive the memory of a great stalwart of Navy Rugby and the champion of aspiring young talent, for who nothing was too much trouble.  This support ensured that the Navy players of the future were given the best start to their representative rugby careers.  Mne Dennis Scotthorne in Action In presenting the award the team management ...

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