October 2011

COLLINGWOOD PERSONNEL ACKNOWLEDGED BY ROYAL NAVY RUGBY UNION

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Mr Simon Aldridge, VT Flagship employee within the Communications Training Unit, and Petty Officer (Kai) Blackett of the Royal Navy Leadership Academy have been awarded ‘Value the Volunteer' awards by the RNRU.  The valuing the volunteer scheme is a RFU initiative that the Royal Navy Rugby Union recognises and support. It acknowledges those people without whom rugby would not be the successful team sport that it is. They are often the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure what needs to be done is done. The RNRU is a supporter of the scheme and readily acknowledges that Rugby, throughout the Navy, is only successful where there are sailors and marines who...

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Navy Referees Meet In New Zealand

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In Australia in support of the Navy team taking part in the International Defence Rugby Competition Lt Cdr Tim Bailey was able to meet up with an old friend of the Referees Society.  Stu Clarke, a level 6 referee with considerable experience, left the Navy and the United Kingdom nearly 5 years ago and after 6 months as a civilian he joined the New Zealand Navy.  On arriving in NZ he immediately got involved with both the North Harbour Referees Association in Auckland and the New Zealand Defence Force Referees Association.  He has had numerous highlights; the primary ones being the referee for this year's NZ Inter Services match between the RNZAF v NZ Army and, in 2008, offi...

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International Defence Rugby Competition 2011 'A players view'

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With the IDRC now over it is a good time to reflect on the achievements of the tour and the focus and challenges which lie ahead for the forth-coming season. The tour started with the squad being based at RAAF Richmond, which lies about 60 km outside Sydney city centre. With the first game only 4 days away once we arrived the focus was immediately placed on putting together an effective and simple game plan which would enable the new members of the tour to settle into the navy style of rugby, although the opening ceremony for the competition which was held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) gave us an opportunity to have a little sneaky look around the sites of the city. The rugby sess...

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Strong RN Representation in 2011 Combined Services Squad

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Selection for this year Combined Services Remembrance Day game see's a strong representation from the Royal Navy Rugby Union. CPO Ash Coates joins the Tri-Service Coaching team as assistant coach for the game along side his RAF and Army counterparts. On the playing side 12 RN players have been provisionally selected for the squad, which plays a Gloucester Presidents XV at Kingsholm on 8 Nov.  The game could see the first taste of CS rugby for Navy centre ET(WE) (Dale) Sleeman whom although selected last year was deployed with HMS Cumberland. The selection also sees Navy back row (MA) (Sam) Laird rewarded for his excellent first season of service rugby in which he received the P...

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First Win of the 2011-12 Season for the Royal Navy Women

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On 19 Oct 11, the RN Women travelled to Paignton for their first fixture of the season.  The Squad had been training at BRNC Dartmouth in preparation for the match and included a number of new faces, all of whom integrated well into the team.  For the new Captain, Lt (Charlotte) Fredrickson (849 NAS), it was her first game in charge and she performed her new role to a very high standard, ensuring that the Ladies were focussed and motivated for the game. The match commenced with Paignton kicking off to the RN.  The RN secured the ball and within 3 minutes, Logs (Lauren) Morton (CMC-Portsmouth) burst through the Paignton defence and ran from halfway to score the first try of...

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