January 2013

World Cup winner and ex-England captain backs new rugby academy in Portsmouth

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A new initiative to make rugby accessible to youngsters across the city has been launched with a seal of approval from former England captain and World Cup winner Phil Vickery. The new full-time academy, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK run by a community club, is a collaboration between Portsmouth College and the Navy's United Services Rugby Football Club. Continuing the legacy left by the London 2012 Olympics, the academy will not only allow youngsters from schools across the city to try the often perceived elitist sport, but also offer a full time course at Portsmouth College working rugby-specific qualifications into the BTEC Performance and Excellence sports courses....

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RN MARINERS NAME SQUAD TO FACE TORPOINT RFC ON WED 30 JAN 13

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The RN Mariners second fixture of the season will see them take on Torpoint RFC on Wed 30 Jan at the home of Devonport Services ‘The Rectory' KO 7pm. RN Mariners aim will be to build on the determination that saw them score two late tries against a much younger Somerset Saxon squad earlier this month. Squad Forwards WO Hillan - NCHQ CPO Cowie - 824 NAS CPO Deane - HMS Diamond PO Howells - HMS Sultan Sgt England - CTCRM Lt Cdr Williams - Shrivenham Lt Riley - 824NAS LET Seru - HMS Drake WO Watkins - FOST Sgt Rees - CTCRM Sgt Ash - CTCRM Sgt Wood - CTCRM CPO Chenneour - HMS Raleigh Backs Lt Cdr Phillips - BRNC Lt Cdr Holroyd - NCHQ Lt Cdr Hayden - 824NAS PO Fidock - HMS Ra...

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Combined Service Rugby Appointments

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Combined Service Director of Rugby Lt Cdr ‘Doc' Cox RN has started to name his Coaching and Support team for the Combined Services 2013 season. Doc said of the DoR role,    "Having been formally appointed at the beginning of December, I found myself most humbled with the opportunity to become the Director of Rugby for the CS during the RN tenure.  Having looked from the outside in, over my coaching days with the U23's and Senior sides, I wanted to approach the role by appointing roles early to allow a seamless transition between the nexus of playing for a single service and stepping up to the next level, to Combined Service representative rugby". ...

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RN MARINERS NAME SQUAD FOR 1ST FIXTURE OF 2013

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RN Mariners start there run-in to the 2013 Inter Service Championship with an away game against Somerset Saxons on Wed 16 Jan at North Petherton RFC KO 7.30pm Squad Forwards WO Hillan (NCHQ), PO Howells (HMS Sultan), Lt Cdr Williams (Shrivenham), Lt Riley (824NAS), WO Watkins (FOST), Sgt England (CTCRM), Sgt Rees (CTCRM), Sgt Ash (CTCRM), Sgt Wood (CTCRM), CPO Chenneour (HMS Raleigh), CPO Deane (HMS Diamond), LAH Matanatabutu (824NAS), Sgt Clark - (UNN) Backs Lt Cdr Holroyd (NCHQ), Lt Cdr Hayden (824NAS), PO Fidock (HMS Raleigh), Sgt Gore (CTCRM), Sgt Smith (CTCRM), CPO Haseltine (RNAS Yeovilton), LD Cartwright (HMS Drake), Logs Satala (RM Poole), Logs Vi...

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RNRU INTER COMMAND COMPETITION - INVERDALE TROPHY - PREVIEW

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This years Inter Command competition will be contested from the 16 Jan 13, concluding in a final on the 27 Mar 13. BAE Systems, sponsors of the Royal Navy Rugby Union will be sponsoring this event. The aim of this competition is to provide a competitive competition at a Command level. Therefore, allowing player exposure to a higher standard of rugby than that of Unit standard, thus creating a players playing pathway in a competitive environment. The Inverdale trophy is named after a former Royal Navy Surgeon Captain John Inverdale. A rugby man himself, he was committed to both Devonport Services and United Services Portsmouth Clubs, where he not only played his rugby but also took on ...

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