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John Walton – a true friend to Navy Rugby

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John Walton – a true friend to Navy Rugby

To Royal Navy Rugby Union players, training support group members, executive committee members, and Vice Presidents, John Walton is a well-known, respected figure seen on the touchline at the majority of Navy Rugby fixtures.  But John is not just an avid supporter, he is also an RNRU Volunteer.   Wherever the Royal Navy is playing rugby, you can find John Walton.  Festooned with multiple cameras hanging from his neck; his now iconic broad brimmed hat, which can be seen from afar, and his infectious enjoyment all form part and parcel of a rugby-mad fan who has contributed most generously to the Royal Navy Rugby Union as a match day photographer and reporter. John...

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The Re-emergence of RN Rugby post the COVID-19 Pandemic – RNRU U23s

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The Re-emergence of RN Rugby post the COVID-19 Pandemic – RNRU U23s

Having won 4 of the last 5 IS competitions, the Royal Navy Rugby Union U23s squad has made steps towards embracing innovative ways of learning game plans and systems added to the remote monitoring and measuring of individual strength and conditioning programmes whilst balancing roles as professional servicemen. Meet the team behind the team… “You're  only  a  success  for the  moment  that you complete a  successful  act.” -       Phil Jackson, former Chicago Bulls Head Coach As we look to a future where COVID-19 (C-19) is not totally behind us, but being managed, we need to plan for a tim...

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Over twenty years of rugby volunteering for Lorry

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Over twenty years of rugby volunteering for Lorry

When Lorry Osman joined the Royal Navy she had never picked up a rugby ball, but after participating in some grassroots tag rugby sessions, her passion was ignited.  Lorry has been involved in the Royal Navy Rugby Union ever since.   Lorry was nominated for an England RFU Mitsubishi volunteer award in 2019.  Her most recent involvement in Navy Rugby has been as a coach to the HMS Sultan Men’s XV.  The weekly training sessions have attracted 35 or more players from across the establishment, many are junior ratings completing their part 2 training as engineering technicians.  Cohesiveness and camaraderie quickly grew amongst the squad and this transla...

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‘On Yer Bike Ref!’ – Referee’s Fundraiser Finally Completed

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‘On Yer Bike Ref!’ – Referee’s Fundraiser Finally Completed

A Covid-19 charity raising challenge, for NHS Charities Together, by a Navy Referee was paused due to the impact of Covid but after over 800 miles and a cumulative climb of over 8000m all Hampshire affiliated rugby clubs have now been visited with over £800 raised for charity. There have been many innovative ways of keeping fit whilst furloughed.  Also, there have been many remarkable charity challenges.  For Navy Referee, Si Aldridge, the idea was to combine both and raise money for NHS Charities Together by cycling to every rugby club that is affiliated to Hampshire Rugby Union from his Gosport home.  He would also include visits to the Army and Royal Navy Rugby...

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The RNRU welcome Admiral Sir Philip Jones as new Life Member

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The RNRU welcome Admiral Sir Philip Jones as new Life Member

The Royal Navy Rugby Union is delighted to welcome former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones GCB DL, as their newest Life Member. Admiral Jones became President of the RNRU in 2012 having taken over from Admiral Sir Trevor Soar. A highly committed president, he handed over to Vice Admiral Ben Key CBE in June 2017 after five years in the role and immediately after presiding over the extraordinary celebrations organised to mark the 100th Army v Navy match. Admiral Jones’ close involvement with the Royal Navy Rugby Union began in the 2007/08 season, when the incumbent President, Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, welcomed both Rear Admiral Richard Ibbotson and Rear Admiral...

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