RN Senior Men Kick Off 2022 in Taunton

The Royal Navy Senior Men XV kick off their season with a visit to National 1 side Taunton RFC.

The senior XV have already had an outing this season after taking on Cornish Pirates in September but the match against Taunton marks the RN's traditional February start as they build up towards the Inter Service Championship and their annual encounter with the Army at Twickenham.

Taunton have been making excellent progress as a club and have established themselves as a steady National 1 side, having recently been promoted from National 2 South. The are also no stranger to some of the Royal Navy's players with 40 Cdo and RNAS Yeovilton only a short distance away. Currently Lt Jarrad Hayler RM is a regular starter for Taunton and in the past RN legends like Marsh Cormack have turned out for the Somerset side.

The RN will obviously be wanting to start the season with a bang but they will also be looking to expose new talent to the Senior side and such matches can therefore be highly entertaining.

Taunton RFC will be hoping for a raucous crowd and such a venue provides the West Country Royal Navy supporters to drown out the local fans!

Line Up

1 - S/Lt Russel Orr Burns RN
2 - LPT Ben Priddey (Captain)
3 – LA(AH) Ben Watson
4 – PO(SET) Ashley Wakefield
5 – AB Dan Macadams
6 – MNE Joe Richards
7 – Lt Mitchell Spencer RN
8 – AB(D) Gav Hughan
9 – MNE Alex Petersen
10 – AET Dan Rutter
11 – AET Jerome Rudder
12 – Lt Luke Tupholme RN
13 – AET Adam King
14 – AB(CS) Ben Raivalitia
15 – MNE Rory Dingemans

16 – AET Connor Bick
17 – LET(ME) Richie Ives
18 – ET(ME) Dom Cleverley
19 – ET(WE) Matt Scott
20 – LS(HM) John Kirwan
21 – AB(D) Jack Goodey
22 – MNE Toby Papp
23 – AB Mitieli Ravudolo
24 – AB (AWW) Jake Hanley
25 – MNE Remi Norville
26 – MNE Kane Teear-Bourge
27 – POAET Ben Chambers
28 – Lt Rory O’Brian RM
29 – AB Kiniviliame Dakuiliga