March 2013

COMBINED SERVICE GATHERING AT SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

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A few weeks ago Navy and SRU referee Dunx McClement was informed that he would be going on an exchange with the RFU.  It was initially unclear which of the two exchange fixtures he would get assigned to but with a week to go he was informed by e-mail that it would be a Level 4 game between Southend and Canterbury.  It was at this point that it became clear that there would be some friendly faces on the touchline as, purely by coincidence, the AR appointments for that fixture were none other than Tim Bailey and Mike Priestley; Tim being a stalwart of Navy Rugby refereeing and Mike a key figure in both the RAF and Combined Services refereeing scene, but also a member of the RN fr...

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INTER COMMAND COMPETITION 2012-13 INVERDALE TROPHY PREVIEW

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This years Inter Command final will be contested on Wed 27 Mar 13, KO 7pm, at Burnaby Road, the home of Navy Rugby. BAE Systems, sponsors of the Royal Navy Rugby Union will also sponsor this event. The Inverdale Trophy is named after former Royal Navy Surgeon Captain John Inverdale. A rugby man himself, he was committed to both Devonport Services and United Services Portsmouth. Captain John Inverdale was made a Life Member of the Royal Navy Rugby Union in 1970. The radio and television broadcaster John Inverdale, son of Captain John Inverdale who works for the BBC and ITV covering sporting events will again be present at this years final. The reformat and late commencement of the comp...

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RNRU PRESIDENTS XV TRAVEL TO SALE RFC FOR FIRST FIXTURE

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The Royal Navy Presidents XV will travel to Sale RFC, to face the Wooden Spooners on Weds 20 Mar. The Presidents side is selected from those players who have showed promise during the Inter-Command games and the successful U23's. The game will give players the opportunity to perform and develop their skills at the next level. It also a chance for players on the fringe of the Senior XV to get noticed and stake a claim for senior honours in the future. The team will be coached by the Royal Navy Community Rugby Coaches from Devonport Service Dave Oakley and from US Portsmouth Si Burns, both of whom are very experienced at all levels of Service rugby. I am sure this game will be a soli...

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ROYAL NAVY SENIOR XV SQUAD TO FACE DEVON ON WED 20 MAR

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The Royal Navy have named a strong squad to face Devon RFC on Wed 20 Mar KO 7pm at The Rectory, home of Devonport Services RFC. This fixture will allow DoR Cdr (Andy) Kellett RN to give ‘game time' to some of the squad players who didn't make the team for the recent fixture against the Irish Defence Forces. The game will also allow Devon to look for the first time this season at potential players for the forthcoming Tamar Cup as well as the Country Championship fixtures. 1.    Mne J Terry  RM Poole 2.    Lt E Gaught RN  HMS Somerset 3.    POAET J Court  RNAS Culdrose 4.   &...

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ROYAL NAVY SENIOR XV MAKE IT 9 WINS OUT OF 12 AGAINST THE IRISH DEFENCE FORCES

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On a bitterly cold afternoon on the south bank of the Liffey, the Royal Navy who had travelled to Dublin on Mon stepped out onto Monkstown FC to play their annual fixture against the Irish Defence Forces (IDF). A bright start by the IDF, spurred on after last years heavy defeat and looking for their fourth win in this series of games that see's the Navy with an 8-3 advantage, saw them earn two early penalties, however, neither were converted by Capt Behan. The Navy got back in to the game and put the Irish scrum under pressure and the subsequent penalty saw POAET (Dave) Pascoe (RNAS Culdrose) slot over a penalty for the lead after quarter of an hour. Continued pressure from the Navy ...

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