RNRU INTER COMMAND COMPETITION - INVERDALE TROPHY - PREVIEW
This years Inter Command competition will be contested from the 16 Jan 13, concluding in a final on the 27 Mar 13. BAE Systems, sponsors of the Royal Navy Rugby Union will be sponsoring this event.
The aim of this competition is to provide a competitive competition at a Command level. Therefore, allowing player exposure to a higher standard of rugby than that of Unit standard, thus creating a players playing pathway in a competitive environment.
The Inverdale trophy is named after a former Royal Navy Surgeon Captain John Inverdale. A rugby man himself, he was committed to both Devonport Services and United Services Portsmouth Clubs, where he not only played his rugby but also took on various roles with the club committees. Captain John Inverdale was made a Life member of the Royal Navy Rugby Union in 1970.
It is hoped that the radio and television broadcaster John Inverdale, son of Captain John Inverdale who works for the BBC and ITV covering sporting events will again be present at this years finals.
Last year's final saw the battle between Naval Air Commands ‘Men of Air' and the ‘Might' of the Royal Marines. In a closely fought battle and the final score 11-9 to the ‘Men of Air', it enabled then to lift the trophy for the fourth time within a six years period.
Venue for the 2013 final will be Burnaby Road, Portsmouth or The Rectory, Plymouth depending on the location of the two finalists. Competition dates are as follows:
Wed 16 Jan 13 - Round 1
Portsmouth Command -v- Scotland Command - Fort Southwick, KO 2pm.
Plymouth Command -v- Naval Air Command - The Rectory, KO 7pm.
Wed 23 Jan 13 - Round 2
Naval Air Command -v- Royal Marines - HMS Heron, KO 2pm.
Plymouth Command -v- Portsmouth Command - The Rectory, KO 7pm.
Wed 13 Feb 13 - Round 3
Scotland Command -v- Plymouth Command - Helensburgh RFC, KO 2pm.
Portsmouth Command -v- Royal Marines - Burnaby Road, KO 7pm.
Wed 20 Feb 13 - Round 4
Royal Marines -v- Scotland Command - Lympstone, KO 3pm.
Naval Air Command -v- Portsmouth Command - HMS Heron, KO 2pm.
Wed 13 Mar 13 - Round 5
Scotland Command -v- Naval Air Command - Helensburgh Rugby Club, KO 2pm.
Royal Marines -v- Plymouth Command - Lympstone, KO 3pm.