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Under 23s set for Inter Services Conclusion

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Under 23s set for Inter Services Conclusion

The Royal Navy Under 23s round off their season on Wednesday as they take on the RAF U23s in the last match of this year’s Inter Service Championship. With the disappointing loss against the Army 2 weeks ago in Plymouth still fresh in their minds, the Navy U23’s head to Witney RFC to take on the RAF on Wednesday. Their opponents will also be looking to avenge their defeat against the Army after blowing an 18 point lead. Despite the match being a dead rubber there is always pride to play for in an Inter Services. The Under 23s have had some sparkling moments throughout the season and Wednesday will be the last chance for the players to showcase their talents prior...

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Bootnecks Overcome Gritty East

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Bootnecks Overcome Gritty East

Bootnecks Overcome Gritty East to Kick Start Inverdale Challenge Defence The Royal Marines kicked off their defence of the Inverdale Challenge with a 40-13 win against RN East in Portsmouth. After good wins in Gibraltar and against the Medics in Plymouths the Bootnecks came into the fixture full of confidence, but it certainly wasn't one way traffic.  The game got underway with a real chill in the air, but both teams displayed a real intent to play expansive rugby. The Marines started better, scoring two quick tries and taking a 14-0 lead. Unfortunately, one of the RM props was injured resulting in uncontested scrums for 70 mins, and the Royal Marines having to drop to 14...

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Women’s Development Squad clip the wings of the Valkyries

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Women’s Development Squad clip the wings of the Valkyries

Women’s Development Squad clip the wings of the Valkyries The Royal Navy Women’s Development team ran out for their 3rd outing of the year on Wednesday. The opposition was Portsmouth RFC Valkyries and due to their proximity to the Royal Navy Dockyard are well known by the Royal Navy side with many of them being members of the club.  The Royal Navy were dominant from the outset with their forwards hard work rewarded when Number 8, Jess Bryan, scored between the posts and the try was converted by experienced kicker and Out Half, Sam Alderson. The playmaker then began to thread the ball into space behind the Portsmouth defence and this was also rewarded when she fou...

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HMS Dragon Rucking and Roaring on the Rock

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HMS Dragon Rucking and Roaring on the Rock

HMS Dragon Rucking and Roaring on the Rock  The HMS Dragon rugby team dusted off their boots and ran out for their first game of rugby in 2 years whilst deployed in the Mediterranean. They played at the new fantastic facility at Europa Point, Gibraltar against the Royal Gibraltar Regiment (RGR). The teams had never played each-other before and both had a long lay-off due to the pandemic with minimal training time. Expectations for a fast-paced skilful game were not the highest to begin with! However, the critics were wrong. The first 20 mins was all action. Dragon brought the intensity from the outset. Driven by the crowd’s cheers, they used the wide 4G pitch to their ...

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Fleet Air Arm sides flying high in the Navy Cup

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Fleet Air Arm sides flying high in the Navy Cup

Fleet Air Arm sides flying high in the Navy Cup The Navy Cup is the premier inter unit rugby competition within the Royal Navy and after the Covid enforced break it is back. With 6 entrants this year it has been a short route to the final which will be an all Fleet Air Arm affair! The semi finals were played on Wednesday the 10th of November with HMS Seahawk taking on HMNB Devonport at the Rectory Ground in Plymouth whilst HMS Heron travelled to HMS Sultan. HMS Seahawk versus HMNB Devonport had an air of familiarity about it, with the Fleet Air Arm having taken on RN West at the same venue earlier this season and the outcome being equally assured. RN Navyfit had a photographer...

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