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RN East overpowered by dominant RN West.

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RN East overpowered by dominant RN West.

With an excellent display from all the RN West squad and a Rolls-Royce performance from man of the match, RN and UKAF capped Scrum Half Gareth Rees the game was won by halftime. Only the stubborn defence, hard work and never say die attitude of all the RN East players kept the West honest, making them work hard for every yard particularly in the second half.  With the continued unavailability of Burnaby Road this game was played on HMS Temeraire’s 4G pitch on a chilly but otherwise dry evening. RN West arrived fully loaded including, two capped and one international player, in contrast RN East suffered a major blow with the withdrawal of HMS Sultan’s players as the...

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Navy U23s win Inter Services

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Navy U23s win Inter Services

In the final game of the Inter Services U23 competition 2019 all three teams could win the competition but only the Royal Navy could remain unbeaten. Against a competitive RAF side the Navy went about their business with discipline and power from their forwards, and quickly took control of the game. As early as the 4th minute when the RAF infringed at the scrum, the ever reliable Hanley stepped up and converted the penalty making it 3-0 to the Navy. The Navy continued to apply pressure throughout the first half scoring two tries by Ravivalitia and W Scott. Although the RAF scored a penalty the Navy were in control of the game making the half time score 15-3 top the Dark Blue. Th...

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Service Women’s Rugby Twickenham Stadium Debut.

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Service Women’s Rugby Twickenham Stadium Debut.

In 2020 the Army Women and Royal Navy Women will run out from the West stand on to the hallowed Twickenham turf for the first time in history. Since the first Women’s Inter Services match in 2003, the goal of playing at Twickenham Stadium has been held by many of the pioneers of the Service Women's game. 1920 was a very special year for Service rugby. With the end of the Great War the newly formed Royal Air Force Rugby Union joined with the Army and Royal Navy to compete in the first Inter Service Rugby Championship.  Both the matches involving the Royal Air Force were played at The Queen’s Club, London, but the Army v Navy match (which had been played at the restr...

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Navy U23s Beat Army U23s

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Navy U23s Beat Army U23s

The Navy U23s produced a beautiful performance in the ugliest conditions to out-muscle the Army, 28-12 in their first Inter Services fixture of 2019. With both sides fielding new look squads, this was always going to be an intriguing encounter. Yet the way the young Navy side manged the game and dominated the set piece showed maturity well beyond their years. The Navy’s defence was well organised from the kick off which frustrated the highly talented Army back line. With ball in hand the Dark Blue were direct and aggressive, with the forwards making hard yards which allowed Man of the Match Jake Hanley to pull the strings. In the first twenty minutes the Navy were in full con...

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Royal Navy Women’s Development Squad in action

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Royal Navy Women’s Development Squad in action

In their second match of the season, the Royal Navy Women’s Rugby Development side met Portsmouth Valkyries Ladies at HMS Temeraire.  Despite the poor weather, there was plenty of action on the field and lots for the training support group to get excited about. The match was played on HMS Temeraire’s 4G artificial pitch on a typical November evening of drizzle with the occasional heavier downpour. The coaches agreed to play 2 twenty minute quarters and a final half of 40 minutes. Portsmouth started with a well-placed kick fielded by the Abi Sondack (8) just over the 10 metre line. The ball passed to Helen Stevenson (18) who attacked the Portsmouth defence. The ball...

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