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Sailors in Sevens Heaven

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Sailors in Sevens Heaven

The Royal Navy Rugby Union travelled to Yeovil Rugby Football Club to enjoy a celebration of summer 7s and with a significant amount of rugby played, a Baa-Baas team took the Ladies’ title while their male colleagues’ competition was won by Viking Squadron ‘A’ team.   Royal Navy sailors and marines were drawn to Yeovil RFC again for the annual Royal Navy Rugby Union 7s tournament.  An opportunity for rugby in the sun, where the paddock is firm under foot and the boys and girls who usually play in the backs get to make hay with the acres of space around them (or because the forwards are blowing).  As the 7s version of the game continues to gain sign...

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Progress for the Royal Navy at their second 7s tournament

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Progress for the Royal Navy at their second 7s tournament

The building blocks for the RNRU 7s have now been set and on Saturday all 3 Royal Navy Rugby Union 7s sides were in action in Cleve, Bristol competing in the South West 7s Tournament.  The teams ended the day lifting 3 new trophies - what a great result! The teams met for a day of preparations at Azimghur Barracks, home of the 21st Signals Regiment who kindly allowed their facilities to be used for the duration of the RNRU 7s' stay.  New players for this tournament included Ed Holland, Jerome Rudder, Craig Duncan and Scott Bentley who were introduced to the plays and levels of intensity required to compete.  It was also a pleasure to see new ladies willing to give up thei...

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Duncan takes on Georgian Armed Forces

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Duncan takes on Georgian Armed Forces

Walking out of the tunnel of the Poti Rugby Stadium on a hot and sunny afternoon, HMS Duncan’s Rugby Team took to the pitch to a scene akin to an international. Duncan and her opposition, the combined team from the Georgian Armed Forces, lined up on the 5 metre line to sing their respective national anthems. The booming music and less than partisan crowd raised the atmosphere as well as the heart rates of all involved. Few in Duncan had ever played in front of such a crowd or in such an amazing facility. Duncan lost the toss and received the first ball of the game which was taken securely and an attack was mounted. The hosts had a strong defence and won the ball back and immediatel...

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Come and join in the RNRU Rugby 7s competition

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Come and join in the RNRU Rugby 7s competition

The 2018 Royal Navy Rugby Union Annual 7s competition will take place at Yeovil RFC on Wednesday 6 June 2018.  All ships, units and establishments are encouraged to organise a team to take part in the event which is one of the highlights of the Navy Rugby summer season. Alongside the Men's 7s competition a Women's 6 a side touch rugby tournament will be running, open to all females, with or without previous rugby experience.  The aim of the day is to get as many sailors and marines as possible playing the shorter, faster form of rugby. Last year over 250 players took part, along with the Royal Navy Rugby Union Referees Society referees and all was organised by the RNRU Com...

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Battle of the Royal Marines Bands

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Battle of the Royal Marines Bands

The Holland Bowl is an annual Rugby 7s competition held between all Royal Marines Bands played in memory of Barry Holland who tragically died in 1994 whilst serving with the Royal Marines Band Plymouth when the coach carrying the Band crashed.  This year's competition took place on 29 April at Clarence Pier Rugby Pitch. The Royal Marines Bands from Portsmouth and Scotland and the Royal Marines School of Music were able to field teams this year and it was decided that a double round robin format would be adopted, with each team playing the others twice (5 minutes per half), culminating in a final between the two top teams (7 minutes per half). The selection draw saw last year's wi...

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