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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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Don’t ‘Tel’ Richmond to Quit!

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Don’t ‘Tel’ Richmond to Quit!

As the Carrier Strike Group continues east during it’s 2021 deployment, HMS Richmond’s Rugby Club were able to enjoy Mediterranean opposition during a port visit to Haifa, Israel.   The ship’s team comprised of 28 mixed experience players were invited to play against a combined opposition picked from local rugby clubs, which included the well-drilled Tel Aviv Rugby Club, and thus the name ‘Israel Barbarians’ was coined!   The Royal Navy side who were playing together for the first time in 2021 were excited by the prospect of playing an international fixture, especially during the global pandemic. They were well supported by approximatel...

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Sun Shines on RNRU Golf Day 2021

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Sun Shines on RNRU Golf Day 2021

As the summer months descend on the UK the Royal Navy Rugby Union is enjoying more than just 7s as the annual RNRU Golf Day returned from a one year hiatus. Held on the Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Mellion International Resort on the 30 th  of June the golf day enabled the RNRU to thank sponsors and friends for their continued support during challenging times. With the event held at one of the finest golf courses in Europe boasting rough terrain with narrow undulating fairways, tight driving lines and plentiful water hazards, the great weather ensured the day was enjoyable and competitive. With a limitation on numbers due to Covid-19 restrictions the 28 participants,...

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Royal Navy player picked for Flying Fijians

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Royal Navy player picked for Flying Fijians

It won’t just be sailors and airmen on HMS Queen Elizabeth heading to the other side of the world as RNAS Culdrose’s Logs (SC) Sam Matavesi has been selected in the Fiji squad of 33 players to travel to New Zealand for two Tests in July. The 29-year-old, who grew up in Cornwall and now plays for Northampton Saints, will hope to add to his 15 Fijian Test caps against the All Blacks on July 10 and 17 in Dunedin and Hamilton respectively. He and the rest of the players and management traveling to New Zealand will be in quarantine for 14 days in Christchurch, before being cleared to train as a group. Sam’s last journey to New Zealand was in 2019 where he p...

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