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Convincing win for U23s

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Convincing win for U23s

This annual fixture against the London Scottish Academy, the fifth fixture in the lead up to the Inter Service competition, proved challenging but with the improvements gained during the previous games brought a comprehensive victory for the side. On a mild evening at Richmond Athletic Ground the Royal Navy Rugby Union Under 23 squad took on London Scottish Academy. In this annual fixture both sides have experienced success in recent years. The Royal Navy kicked off and almost immediately gave away a penalty for a high tackle. London Scottish failed to find touch and the RN relieved the pressure. For five minutes both sides tried to settle but with unforced errors neither gained an adv...

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Inverdale Challenge Starts With A Bang

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Inverdale Challenge Starts With A Bang

Wednesday saw the first game of this seasons Inverdale Challenge, when Royal Navy West played the Royal Marines at Devonport Services RFC. Due to operational and training commitments, many inter command players from both teams were unavailable. This offered opportunities to previously unseen talent, and those new players didn’t disappoint producing a great game of rugby. As defending champions the Royal Marines entered the fixture with confidence, knowing they were up against a very experienced and powerful RN West side. From the start the tempo was high with few handling errors which suited the Bootnecks. With Nath Huntley pulling the strings at Fly Half, Royal took control of ...

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Big win in Wales

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Big win in Wales

A trip across the Welsh border to face a combination of the Cardiff Metropolitan University teams provided the ideal opportunity for team training in Brecon before the match in Cardiff.  The training seemed to pay off and the Royal Navy Under 23s came away victorious. Cardiff Metropolitan University fields 10 teams each week including the first XV which plays in the Welsh Championship (currently placed 4 th ) playing against world famous teams like Pontypool and Neath. It has also played regularly in the finals of the British University & College Sport rugby competition. They are currently ranked the top university for rugby in the UK. For those more mature readers amongst us...

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Navy Cup Round Up

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Navy Cup Round Up

Wednesday saw a fine display of grassroots rugby across the fleet with 3 outstanding Navy Cup Quarter Finals. The first round saw HMS Sultan beat HMNB Collingwood 87-0, and HMS Heron beat HMS Collingwood 68-7. This teed up a mouth-watering round of quarter finals, and Wednesdays matches didn’t disappoint. In the afternoon BRNC took on the defending champions HMS Seahawk in Dartmouth. The game was extremely tight with Seahawk closing out the match to win 30-29. The other afternoon kick off saw RAF Marham (Royal Navy), make the long trip from Norfolk to HMNB Clyde in a fixture that also produced fine performances from both teams. HMNB Clyde ground out the victory in a bruising enco...

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Commander Arty Shaw becomes Senior XV ADOR

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Commander Arty Shaw becomes Senior XV ADOR

Navy Rugby are delighted to announce the appointment of Commander Arty Shaw RN as the Senior XV Assistant Director of Rugby. “After an extremely enjoyable playing career at every level in the RN, Commander Michael ‘Arty’ Shaw finally retired when persistently living a yard offside in the back row became a yellow card offence.  He then transitioned into administrative side of the game, becoming part the Training Support Groups for the RN Mariners and RN Presidents XV.  A very proud RN Air Engineer, after a brief sabbatical, Arty now finds himself as the Head of Facilities Management at Northwood Headquarters making sure the President has a hot cup of tea in th...

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