The RN Senior XV take on Esher in the second game of the 2013 campaign and DoR, Cdr (Andy) Kellett, has rung in the changes,

'It is important we get all the players involved with the squad some game time as early as possible so that they can be exposed to this level of rugby. The fixture against Esher will give the selected players the opportunity to perform at this level'.

Esher always provided stern opposition for the Royal Navy early in part of the season and the RNRU have not beaten the National 1 side in recent years. 

Head Coach POAET Owen Salmon will be looking to build on last week and expects a tough battle at the break down and will want to see the Navy team match their opposition in this crucial area.

'Esher have always provided us with a good test early on in our season and we will see how competitive we can be against what is always a well drilled, aggressive team'.

Players starting for the first time this season will be Lt (Hugo) Mitchell-Heggs (HMS Neptune), Mne (Jack) Foster 40 Cdo RM who returned from Operations last week and Mne (Kyle) Wood (42 Cdo RM) amongst others.




1.         Mne                 J Terry                              RM Poole

2.         AET                 K Beasley*                  RNAS Culdrose 

3.         POAET           J Court*                       RNAS Culdrose

4.         CPOAET         S Thompson              HMS Sultan

5.         Lt RN               H Mitchell-Heggs*     HMS Neptune

6.         Cpl                   T Holliday                    6 Sqn

7.         Mne                 D Taylor                      42 Cdo RM

8.         Sgt RM            G Evans* **                HMS President          

9.         Mne                 J Foster*                     40 Cdo RM

10.       ET (ME)          J Jones                       HMS Sultan

11.       Mne                 K Wood                       42 Cdo RM

12.       Mne                 M Tichias                    42 Cdo RM

13.       AB                   T Davies                      HMS Illustrious

14.       Mne                 J Blackburn                 Bovington

15.       Mne                 J Marlin* **                  42 Cdo RM


16.       NA (AH)         K Mason* ** +             HMNB Devonport

17.       AB                   C Davies                     HMS Somerset

18.       POAET           S Mortenson               HMS Heron                

19.       POAET           D Pascoe* **               771 NAS

20.       LAET               O James                     HMS Heron

22.       Mne                 G Welling                    RMASC

22.       AET                 S Horton                      RNAS Culdrose




+          International

*           RN

**         Combined Service