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Dominant East sink West

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Dominant East sink West

They say forwards decide who wins and backs by how many.  The RN East pack were not only dominant in the tight, they scored their fair share of tries in a convincing victory over the RN West at the Rectory.   The unofficial man of the match, RN East’s No8 AB (HM) John Kirwin, went over for a couple of tries as did 2 of their front row. The heavy weather played its part and both sides could have scored more points if handling errors had not been such a feature throughout the match. The early exchanges saw both teams with scoring opportunities however, it was RN East that capitalised on a mistake when RN West kicked a penalty long and the subsequent quick drop out, regain ...

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Allton awarded the Brian Weeks trophy

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Allton awarded the Brian Weeks trophy

After participating in the Royal Navy Rugby Union Under 23 squad for the past three years, Able Seaman (Seaman Specialist) Kai Allton was the stand out player who received the coveted award for the most valuable Under 23 player, the Brian Weeks Memorial trophy, at the end of the RNRU Under 23 season.   Kai has delivered another committed performance to the RNRU Under 23s this season.  Making himself available for every training session and match, Kai has been the training support group's first choice as prop throughout this season.  Working hard to increase his fitness levels, he has regularly played the full 80 minutes of every match.  His strong performance in the ...

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Tries aplenty as Navy Women take on Southampton

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Tries aplenty as Navy Women take on Southampton

The Royal Navy Rugby Union Women’s Development side produced an encouraging performance against an experienced Southampton team. The Royal Navy Rugby Union Women’s Development side travelled to Southampton to play their third match of the season. With several players having only picked up a rugby ball for the first time during a training camp held at HMS Collingwood that day, this was an excellent opportunity to introduce a new generation of players to Rugby. The game started with a fast-paced attack from Southampton, which the Navy Women were unable to defend against resulting in an early score of 5 - 0. Following the restart, the Navy took the game into the Southampton ha...

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Royal Navy make big impact in Remembrance Rugby Match

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Royal Navy make big impact in Remembrance Rugby Match

On the Centenary of the end of WW1, it was most appropriate this match was played in perfect conditions for running rugby, the pitch looked magnificent on a dry, calm and unseasonably warm evening.  Five experienced RN players were included in the United Kingdom Armed Forces match day squad for this prestigious fixture. Starting were Jarrard Hayler, Dave Fairbrother, Gareth Rees and Nathan Huntley forming the spine of a strong Armed Forces team, Jonathan Humphrey was on the bench.  Bristol Bears A was made up of Academy players supplemented with several local players, RN rugby legend Bob Armstrong was in the crowd watching his son Jake prop for Bristol Bears A. Bristol kicke...

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Victory for Dark Blues in Inter Service opener

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Victory for Dark Blues in Inter Service opener

Royal Navy Rugby Union Under 23s began the defence of their Inter-Service Championship with a tense, narrow win against a well-drilled Royal Air Force Under 23 team. The Royal Navy hosted the RAF at Burnaby Road on Wednesday.   A mild, dry evening promised a free-flowing game of competitive rugby and we were not disappointed.    The RAF U23s, kicking off, started brightly, showing their desire with some solid running from the forward pack and some quick handling from the backline.    They put together several phases and initially had the RN U23 on the back foot.   Their set play was solid, demonstrated by an early steal from a RN U23 line out. &nbs...

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