Army v Navy Update

Marine Mark Owen (42 Commando Royal Marines) who made his debut against the RAF in this year's Inter Services, has been withdrawn from the Senior XV squad to face the Army. Marine Owen failed a fitness test today on his ankle that he injured in the match against the RAF. His place will be taken by Sub Lieutenant Tom Blackburn RN, who has been drafted in to provide more front row cover to the match squad.

SLt Blackburn has just completed his initial officer training at Britannia Royal Navy College, Dartmouth and on board HMS Ark Royal.  During his training he was released to join the squad by BRNC on an opportunity basis and. as a result, has trained regularly with the Inter Services squad.

With some final selections still to be made, the Navy team will not be announced until Wednesday.