May 2013

NATO LIONS RFC v FORMIA RFC

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Commander Charlie Neve, Royal Navy reports: NATO LIONS RFC were hosts to Formia RFC Saturday 4 May at Carney Park, Naples, Italy. Formia is a town mid way between Rome and Naples, about 1 hour away, and are a regular opponent for the LIONS. Formia recently toured the UK playing with, and utilising the facilities of, the Preston Grasshoppers. The LIONS have got into a winning habit recently and the stronger, more skilful Formia team were not shown any complacency in preparations during the week. A very well attended training session mid-week caused Head Coach, Lt Col Neil Marks (GBR(A)), some selection headaches with so many players competing for places in the starting 15. This is a &ls...

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New Scrum Laws Trial

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From the start of next season there will be a global trial of the "crouch, bind, set" scrum engagement sequence, aimed at enhancing player welfare by reducing impact on engagement. The International Rugby Board Council's approval of the sequence, on player welfare grounds, comes with a call for game-wide commitment from law-makers, match officials, coaches and players, to ensure a fair and positive attitude in dealing with scrum issues. Implementation follows extensive evaluation of the sequence during the recent IRB Pacific Rugby Cup, which showed the potential for a more stable platform leading to fewer resets and more successful scrums. Props will now be expected to cr...

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Annual 7's Competition 2013

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The annual 7's competition will again be challenged for at Ivel RFC, Yeovil on Wednesday 5 June 2013.  This will be the second consecutive year this competition has been hosted by Ivel RFC. Historically, this competition has been geographically shared between the two regions of Portsmouth and Plymouth. However, recent years have evidenced an ever increasing frustration and difficulty for team managers regarding the logistic arrangements for getting their teams to the various venues. This year, it is anticipated that the competition will see an increase in teams participating across the three regions of the Royal Navy, therefore, promoting this competition to be the biggest rugby c...

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Dates for your diary

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With the 2013 campaign behind us, please note the dates of the 2014 Senior XV, Women and Mariners Inter Service matches: - Wed 16 Apr 2014 RAF v Army - RAF Halton Wed 23 Apr 2014 RN v RAF (Venue to be confirmed) Sat 3 May 2014 Army v RN - Twickenham Stadium   

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