ROYAL NAVY GEAR UP FOR RAF CLASH
The 2013 Inter-Service Championship kicks off with the Royal Navy travelling to RAF Halton, the new home of RAF Rugby, on 10 April 2013. The RN Senior Team kicks off at 1430, after the RN Women and RN Mariners have taken on their counterparts. After a successful win against Marine Nationale last week the RN Senior XV is in confident mood but will be conscious that last year, in very poor weather conditions, the RAF pushed them all the way, before a narrow 13-6 win.
Head coach, POET (AE) Owen Salmon commented ‘It will be a very competitive game on Wednesday, the RAF will be keen to dominate on their home patch and I am expecting a physical encounter. We have prepared well since the MN game and I will be looking to match the level of intensity we played against the MN, particularly in the first half.
The team welcomes back Capt Stu McLaren RM, a member of the successful Commonwealth Cup 2012 squad, before he was appointed to the defence training school in Jamaica as a staff officer for 4 months.
Stu commented ‘It's great to be back with the boys and although I did not see a great deal of rugby in Jamaica, I am hungry and ready to go and make a contribution to the squad where I can'
Dale Sleeman, selected in the centre, reaches the significant milestone of 10 caps, he has been ever-present since the Championship winning team of 2010 and is looking forward to what will be an intense battle.
Dale said of the fixture ‘A lot of people who watch Navy rugby just see the game at Twickenham and forget that both teams have already both played the RAF. As a player all the Championship games are just as physical and intense as each other, its real cup rugby, and it is what you spend the season preparing for'.
DoR, Cdr Andy Kellett, has a healthy respect for the RAF and warns of any complacency, ‘The opening game is always a physical encounter and I expect this to be no different. Players will be focussed on winning this game and any thoughts of future matches have not come in to the camp'.
RN Senior XV Squad
|1||NA (AH)||K Mason* ** +||HMNB Devonport|
|2||LA (AH)||B Priddey* **||MASF|
|3||AET||K Beasley* **||RNAS Culdrose|
|4||CPOAET||S Thompson*||HMS Sultan|
|5||POET (AE)||M Cormack* **||854 NAS|
|6||Mne||D Taylor*||42 Cdo RM|
|7||MA||S Laird*||RAF Henlow|
|8||Sgt RM||G Evans* **||RMR London|
|9||POAET||D Pascoe* **||RNAS Culdrose (Capt)|
|10||Mne||N Huntley* **||30 Cdo IX Gp|
|11||Mne||J Marlin* **||42 Cdo RM|
|12||ET (ME)||D Sleeman* **||HMS Raleigh|
|13||Mne||M Tichias*||RM Poole|
|14||Mne||J Foster*||40 Cdo RM|
|15||AET||J Humphrey*||845 NAS|
|16||POAET||J Court*||829 NAS|
|17||Capt RM||S McLaren*||NCHQ|
|18||LET (WESM)||I Cooper*||HMS Collingwood|
|19||Mne||S Raumakita*||SEME Bordon|
|20||Logs (SC)||S Buinimasi* **||HMNB Devonport|
|21||AB||T Davies*||HMS Illustrious|
|22||Mne||G Welling* **||RM ASC|
RN WOMEN TO FACE RAF WOMEN AT RAF HALTON
The RN Women will be commencing their 2013 Inter Service Championship against the RAF Women at RAF Halton on Wed 10 April (kick off 1100). The RN (W) come to this fixture feeling confident after a tough game against a French Navy team that included several International players.
The RAF game is always close and is the one that the RN (W) targets every season. With a strong squad travelling to Halton, the RN (W) has good options both in the starting 15 and on the bench.
Chairwoman, Lt Cdr Kirsty Marlor (RAF Cosford) said ‘The performances that the RN (W) have been producing in preparation for the Inter Services have impressed me and I am both confident and proud of the squad that will be facing the RAF on Wed'.
|1||LAET||P Williams* **||702 NAS|
|2||LAC||E Park||HMS Collingwood|
|3||AET||L Christie||702 NAS|
|4||NA (AH)||C Penrose||RNAS Culdrose|
|5||AB||S Hargrave||HMS St Albans|
|6||Lt||C Fredrickson* ** (Capt)||COMUKTG|
|7||SLt||H Stevenson||HMS Collingwood|
|8||Lt||P Bennett-Smith **||NATO Northwood|
|9||AB||L Morton * **||HMS Nelson|
|10||POET (WE)||S Jenkins * **||HMS Collingwood|
|11||Lt||C Oakes||854 NAS|
|12||LSC||F Greene*||HMS Illustrious|
|13||AB||S Alderson||HMS Scott|
|14||POAWT||E Swinton* **||HMS Collingwood|
|15||LStd||H Ing||RN PDT&MC|
|16||MA||A Risker||KEOGH Barracks|
|17||SLt||K Ives||HMS Collingwood|
|19||AET||K Broadbere||CHF HQ|
|20||POCT||Z Beer||RAF Digby|
|21||Lt Cdr||K Marlor||RAF Cosford|
|23||Logs||N Sikora||HMS Drake|
* RN cap
** CS cap