ROYAL NAVY WELL REPRESENTED IN THE COMBINED SERVICES REMEMBERANCE RUGBY FIXTURE
Playing for Combined Services or "CS" is the pinnacle of a rugby players Service career in the Royal Navy. On Wednesday 7 Nov 12, in the run up to Remembrance Sunday, the CS men's rugby team will play Crawshay's Welsh RFC at Sardis Road, home of Pontypridd RFC (KO 7.30pm).
Earlier that day, the CS women's team take on CS Australia Women's at Virginia Park, home of Caerphilly RFC (KO 2pm).
This is the 15th season of the Remembrance Rugby Event which has been played in the week before Remembrance Sunday. The Event helps to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The majority of the Service players will have served on operations overseas and whilst it is too early for team announcements, there is always a large contingent of Royal Navy players within both squads.
Those from the Royal Navy Senior XV fresh from their triumph in Australia winning the Commonwealth Navies Rugby Competition (CNRC) 2012 will be represented by:
POAET (Dave) Pascoe (RNAS Culdrose)
POAET (Marsh) Cormack (RNAS Culdrose)
Sgt (Gareth) Evans (HMS President)
ET (ME) (Dale) Sleeman (HMS Ocean)
MA (Sam) Laird (HMS Collingwood)
NA (AH) (Ben) Priddey (RNAS Culdrose)
CPO (Ash) Coates (HMNB Portsmouth) (Coach)
Scrum Half POAET (Dave) Pascoe who skippered the successful CNRC 2012 Royal Navy team and the most CS capped player of the group will hope to add to his existing 10 caps.
Whereas, MA (Sam) Laird and NA(AH) (Ben) Priddey who were unable the join the CNRC Royal Navy squad due to professional courses will hope to make amends, if selected for the game.
RN Senior XV Head coach CPO (Ash) Coates (HMNB Portsmouth) is recognised for his outstanding work since taking over the role with his selection to the CS coaching team.
The number for RN Women selected to join the CS squad has grown significantly which is testament to the development of the Women's game in the Royal Navy.
AB (Sam) Alderson (HMS Scott)
LETWE (Emily) Atkins (HMS Portland)
Lt RN (Charlie) Fredrickson (849 NAS)
LOGS (Fiesha) Greene (DNPers)
ABWS (Stacey) Hargrave (HMS York)
Lt RN (Helen) Leach (824 NAS)
LWtr (Lauren) Morton (BFSAI HQ)
LAC (Emily) Park (MASF Culdrose)
NAAH (Caroline) Penrose (RNAS Culdrose)
LSAWT (Emma) Swinton (HMS Collingwood)
LETWE (Sarah) Jenkins (HMS Collingwood)
Last season's RN women's skipper Lt RN (Charlie) Fredrickson (849 NAS) will be looking for selection to the final 22.
As will be last year's selected Navy players LWtr (Loz) Morton (BFSAI HQ), AB (Sam) Alderson (HMS Scott) and LETWE (Sarah) Jenkins (HMS Collingwood). Added to this year's CS squad selection is the ‘Hard Tackling' Logs (Fiesha) Greene (DN Pers).
Before this game and as part of the CS selection process the Royal Navy (Women) will be playing the Australian Service Rugby Union Women (ASRUW) at Burnaby Road, Portsmouth on Sat 27 Oct KO 2pm.