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Alice is named Valkyries' new team captain

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Alice is named Valkyries' new team captain

As the start of the 2018/2019 rugby season approaches the Royal Navy Rugby Union are delighted to report that RNRU Women's team member, Naval Nurse Alice Kightley, has been selected as the team captain for the Portsmouth Valkyries.   Alice has been playing rugby since 2006 and has been involved with the RNRU Women's team for the past 6 seasons. Alice received her first representative cap playing against Marine Nationale in 2015.   Alice is very highly regarded by both players and coaches and was voted Portsmouth Valkyries Forward of the Season. The newly promoted team have gone from strength to strength during the 2017/18 season, finishing as National Cup winn...

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Life's a Beach!

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Life's a Beach!

The teams travelled from far and wide to the glorious sands of Weymouth Beach. Ships, Naval Air Stations, Establishments and Royal Marines Units were all represented. The early part of the competition took the form of three groups, each consisting of 4 teams. At the end of the round robin of matches the group stages were won by the Fishery Protection Squadron, HMS Seahawk A and HMS Sultan. However, with all teams going through to the knock out stage there was still everything to play for. Despite their early good fortune the Fishery Protection Squadron fell by the wayside in the second round of the knock out stage. The only other ship's team, from HMS Northumberland, made it through t...

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Sharks shredded by the Ducks!

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Sharks shredded by the Ducks!

The Sharks and Stingrays travelled to their fourth tournament of the season at North Dorset RFC.  The team have fond memories of playing here, over the past 5 years the Sharks have won the competition 3 times.   The Sharks welcomed Jarred Hayler, Semi Tabanivesi, Ben Clark and Toots Vakalutukali to the squad for the first time this season and the Stingrays had 6 new players; Keyton Laylan-Jones, George Watson, Adam Pollock, Mitchel Spencer, Craig Jones and Chris Williams, all of whom wanted to get involved with 7s rugby for the Navy.  With the ground being solid and the weather getting hotter by the hour both teams were in for a tough day of rugby. Round 1 The first ga...

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Director of Rugby Vacancy

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The Royal Navy Rugby Union is seeking a suitably experienced candidate to fill the post of Director of Rugby in May 2019. This is a voluntary and unremunerated role and the successful candidate would ideally commit for a period of 2-3 years. The RNRU, as well as being a part of the Royal Navy, is a Constituent Body (CB) of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and a registered charity. It is, therefore, charged with the management, administration and development of the game of Rugby Union within the Royal Navy, in accordance with Service regulations and traditions, as well as in compliance with the requirements of the RFU and regulatory framework for charities. Our Vision is: To be f...

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RNRU introduces new Chairman, Commander Andy Kellett

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RNRU introduces new Chairman, Commander Andy Kellett

The Royal Navy Rugby Union is delighted to introduce their new Chairman.  Commander Andy Kellett MBE RN took over the mantle from Brigadier Ewen Murchison DSO MBE at the recent Executive Committee meeting on 17 July 2018. Having previously spent 3 years as the Director of Rugby from 2011 to 2014, Andy can trace a long association with Navy Rugby both on and off the pitch running back to his very first game for the RN Colts as a 17 year old, playing centre at Blackheath on 22 Jan 1984. Andy remembers a number of highlights from his playing career such as his first game for the Senior XV (which was his first ever Senior rugby match) against Oxford University on 5 Feb 1985, his first ...

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