June 2010

Navy Sharks make first appearance on 7s circuit this season

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The Navy Sharks made their first appearance this season at the West Country 7s at Keynsham RFC. They were entered in the Men's Open and the draw put them in the same group as the RAF ‘Spitfires.' Their first  match was against ‘Classroom Crusaders' and they had a convincing win by 50 points to 0. The Sharks were straight into the game from the kick off, with LPT Gareth Cadmore (HMS Raleigh) making the first break, followed by good inter-play that resulted in the first try scored by AET Gareth Jones (RNAS Yeovilton). This opening score gave the Sharks the confidence to play some good 7s rugby with superb breaks from skipper NA(AH) Ben Priddey (RNAS Culdrose), LOGS &lsquo...

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Royal Navy player scores vital try for England 7s

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Greg Barden, RN Vice Captain, took the field in Edinburgh as part of the England 7s team and featured in the semi-final of the Cup competition. However, England eventually lost out to Samoa with a drop goal on the buzzer of extra time. The following is taken from the RFU Press Release: England came back from a 7-0 half time deficit with a try from Tom Powell (Unattached) keeping them in the game and on the full time buzzer Greg Barden (Royal Navy) cruised over the line to give his side the draw, Ben Gollings (Gold Coast, Australia) had a chance to clinch victory but the conversion hit the posts, taking the match into extra time. A drop goal from Lolo Liu ended the deadlock in what wa...

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The Longest Try

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The RNRU would like to congratulate Billy MacLeod and his team of walkers who completed "The Longest Try" on 30 May. The team walked 1200 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in 27 days to raise money for Veterans' International Aid, a charity set up to help those who have served on operations and have suffered the effects of PTSD or who find it hard to adjust to civilian life. On the 1st of May, Veterans International Aid attended the Army/Navy Rugby with the team of walkers that would be walking from John O' Groats to Land's End. They were presented with a Navy practise ball before the match and then Billy MacLeod was invited onto the pitch to receive the ma...

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