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Awesome Navy beat the RAF

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Awesome Navy beat the RAF

The Navy laid down a real marker in the opener of the 2019 Inter Services Championship with a performance of the highest quality against the RAF at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday. Prior to the match many felt that it was too close to call. The Navy had recently demolished the Marine Nationale, whilst the RAF are current IS champions fielding a squad packed with talent. However, from the whistle there was only one team in it. The Navy’s performance against the French had been the best in years, but in front of this large crowd the Senior Service were magnificent and controlled the game throughout. They dominated both territory and possession whilst their defence was well organised ...

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Navy v RAF Match Preview

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Navy v RAF Match Preview

The Inter-Services are back, and the greatest military rugby competition in the world is starting with an absolute cracker between the RAF and the Navy on Friday night. Dave Pascoe has rewarded his players by naming an unchanged starting fifteen to face the tournament holders at the Twickenham Stoop. The Navy go into the competition full of confidence after their demolition of the Marine Nationale in Plymouth two weeks ago. The RAF however will be a different proposition, and currently have the upper hand on the Dark Blue after winning the last two championship fixtures. As for the RAF, the Senior Service are under no illusions as to how well prepared they’ll be. They’re a...

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Seven New Caps

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Seven New Caps

Seven new players joined Navy Rugby’s most exclusive club after their emphatic win against the Marine Nationale. Earning an RNRU Cap is a huge achievement, and after the Senior XV comprehensively beat the Marine Nationale seven new caps were awarded.   AET Brad Janes was involved in the squad last year and narrowly missed out on Inter Service selection. This season he has been playing regular National 2 rugby at Redruth and deservedly earnt his starting shirt against the French. Mne Craig Duncan was the stand out player in the Inverdale Challenge and is a new to the squad. Against the French he was outstanding and will hopefully be an RNRU regular for many seasons to come. Cp...

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HMS Seahawk win Navy Cup

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HMS Seahawk win Navy Cup

The Navy’s grassroots competition, The Navy Cup, ended at Burnaby Road with an entertaining final between HMS Seahawk and HMNB Clyde. With the Inverdale Challenge finished, the Navy Cup is an excellent way for players to get competitive game time towards the end of the season. This year both teams had to negotiate challenging fixtures, but based on the showcase in Portsmouth, the best two teams reached the final. The first twenty minutes were a tense affair with the both sides conceding numerous penalties in key areas of the pitch leaving the score 9-3 to Seahawk. As the game developed, the experience and size of the Seahawk pack started to show, and they began to dominate the ga...

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The Navy beat Marine Nationale in Plymouth

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The Navy beat Marine Nationale in Plymouth

On a crisp dry night in Plymouth, the Navy produced one of their best performances in a long time to overwhelm a physical, well drilled Marine Nationale side.  “Only a win will do” was the pre-match battle cry from Dave Pascoe, but the way in which the Senior XV outclassed their opponents exceeded all expectations. As expected the first 20 minutes were extremely physical, with both teams trying to gain a foothold in front of a large crowd at Plymouth Albion RFC. With the score at 6-3 in the Navy’s favour there came an important moment in the match. The French were appearing to tire and run out of ideas when Chris Robinson produced a monstrous tackle that swung th...

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