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Navy Referee Selected for First RFU Advanced Match Official Course

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Navy Referee Selected for First RFU Advanced Match Official Course

Royal Navy Rugby Union referee, Lt Col Tom Evans-Jones RM, has been selected for the inaugural Advanced Match Official Award (AMOA) due to start on 8th November.  He is one of only 24 referees selected for this Level 3 award which is designed for those referees with potential to progress to the higher levels of refereeing.  Currently attending Staff Course at Joint Services Command and Staff College Shrivenham, Tom will be well used to the academic content of the course but is no doubt also looking forward to being back out in the middle for more practical aspects of the course, once Covid-19 restrictions allow.  A little over three years ago, Tom, a former Royal Navy h...

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Community Rugby – Season 2020/21

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Community Rugby – Season 2020/21

In order to run our planned season, the Royal Navy Rugby Union Community Rugby team are seeking volunteers to administer Leagues and organise events; You don’t need to be a qualified coach, all you need is a passion for rugby and 2-3 hours per week to put into the game. The RFU recently directed that no organised RFU or non-RFU Leagues, adult or age grade competitions will be played before 2021 at the earliest (with the exception of Premiership, Championship, Premier 15s and Elite 15s rugby).  Whilst this means the RNRU can’t organise or play competitive full-contact games, we are at Stage D of the RFU’s plan to Return to Rugby Road Map , which means we can t...

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Latest RFU Guidance released

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Latest RFU Guidance released

The RFU have announced that, with the exception of Premiership, Championship, Premier 15s and Elite15s rugby, no organised RFU or non-RFU Leagues, adult or age grade competitions will be played before 2021 at the earliest. This means that the U23 Inter-Service Championship and all Royal Navy community rugby competitions scheduled to take place in 2020 have been cancelled. Notwithstanding the guidance, all Royal Navy Units are encouraged to participate in non-contact fixtures against other local units and clubs using the Ready4Rugby game and restricted contact training may be conducted in accordance with the current RFU guidelines . Furthermore, the Women’s Development and ...

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John Walton – a true friend to Navy Rugby

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John Walton – a true friend to Navy Rugby

To Royal Navy Rugby Union players, training support group members, executive committee members, and Vice Presidents, John Walton is a well-known, respected figure seen on the touchline at the majority of Navy Rugby fixtures.  But John is not just an avid supporter, he is also an RNRU Volunteer.   Wherever the Royal Navy is playing rugby, you can find John Walton.  Festooned with multiple cameras hanging from his neck; his now iconic broad brimmed hat, which can be seen from afar, and his infectious enjoyment all form part and parcel of a rugby-mad fan who has contributed most generously to the Royal Navy Rugby Union as a match day photographer and reporter. John...

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The Re-emergence of RN Rugby post the COVID-19 Pandemic – RNRU U23s

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The Re-emergence of RN Rugby post the COVID-19 Pandemic – RNRU U23s

Having won 4 of the last 5 IS competitions, the Royal Navy Rugby Union U23s squad has made steps towards embracing innovative ways of learning game plans and systems added to the remote monitoring and measuring of individual strength and conditioning programmes whilst balancing roles as professional servicemen. Meet the team behind the team… “You're  only  a  success  for the  moment  that you complete a  successful  act.” -       Phil Jackson, former Chicago Bulls Head Coach As we look to a future where COVID-19 (C-19) is not totally behind us, but being managed, we need to plan for a tim...

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