June 2009



Portland’s Ospreys strike deep in the heart of Arabian Gulf cup finalists HMS Portland arrived in Muscat on 7 May 2009. Following several e-mails and phone calls from the team manager and coach, LS Darren Stedman, to Muscat RFC Chairman Rich Harris the game was on. Before the 2nd match of the deployment could commence however, an intense training session and final positional assessment was required. Yet another phone call to Muscat RFC secured an invitation to use their training facilities and prepare on the same night as the Muscat side. Any excuse to spy on the opposition who have reached the Arabian Gulf cup final. PORTLAND took a squad of 25 players, mostly backs and newcomers ...

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