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Under 23s Solent match ends in early tie

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Under 23s Solent match ends in early tie

It was a first away match of the season and the first match under lights for the Royal Navy U23s as they took on a Solent Select XV on Wednesday 15th September. The Navy young guns made the trip along the A27 to Oakland’s Park, home of Chichester RFC. The club from West Sussex’s county town made up the bulk of the Solent Select XV and were selected by former Royal Navy Coach Scott Ashley. It was hoped that the second outing of the season would provide Assisstant Director of Rugby Owen Salmon the opportunity to check the depth of his squad and to see if any future stars emerged from the most recent training camp. Within moments of the match starting the Solent team ...

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The Under 23s Kick Off the Season

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The Under 23s Kick Off  the Season

The Royal Navy Under 23 side kicked off their 2021 season on 5th September as the first representative side to take to the Burnaby Road pitch since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The reigning Inter Service Champions, who were crowned in 2019, were taking on the best that the Hampshire RFU could muster from it’s academy cohort and the match was certainly a close affair. Under a hot September sun there was very little to separate the two sides who had agreed to play an adapted 3 periods of 30 minutes . Ultimately a last minute try and conversion for the county side was enough to win the game 28-21. But the Under 23 coaching staff were happy with the ...

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Pirates Outgun the Royal Navy

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Pirates Outgun the Royal Navy

PIRATES OUTGUN ROYAL NAVY In a long-anticipated return to rugby, a newly formed RN Senior XV side took on the Cornish Pirates at The Mennaye in Penzance.  With only 2 weeks to go until their first league game in the Championship, the Pirates proved tough opponents for a Navy side that had only been together for a few days.  The warm and dry conditions promised a game of expansive and exciting rugby and it was the Pirates who ultimately won an impressive 8 try victory over the Navy. The Pirates scored first through flanker Matt Bollwell, shortly after an initially successful Navy lineout was turned over inside their own half.  Almost immediately after the restart...

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Cornish Pirates Pre Season Friendly Announced

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Cornish Pirates Pre Season Friendly Announced

The Royal Navy Senior Rugby side will kick off their 2021-22 season earlier than usual this year with a Friday night visit to Championship side Cornish Pirates on 3 rd  September. It will be the first time that the Royal Navy side has played at the famous Mennaye Field and the Senior Service will hope to make the most of their debut in Penzance. With the Fleet Air Arm consistently churning out talented service rugby players and RNAS Culdrose only being 15 miles to the East it is a surprise that the two sides haven’t met previously. However with the Pirates consistently performing well in the RFU Championship the two fixture calendars had never previously aligned! &...

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Aircraft Carrier Play the First Women's Rugby match in Cyprus

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Aircraft Carrier Play the First Women's Rugby match in Cyprus

It was the first match for HMS Queen Elizabeth's Women's Rugby Team and it was the first ever women's match for the Cyprus Rugby Federation. As the Royal Navy Flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth made her first port visit to Cypress as part of the Carrier Strike Group deployment 2021, the Ship's Women’s rugby team competed in their first ever competitive matches. The best of 3 series against the Cypriot side 'Spartans', held at AEK Katholiki Stadium, would be the first ever official women’s rugby matches held under the Cyprus Rugby Federation banner. Royal Navy capped player, Rachael Carragher, led out the Aircraft Carrier's fledging side against the Spartans. The first ...

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