Strong Navy Representation in Combined Service U23
Two of the Navy Rugby's up and coming stars have had to withdraw from the CS U23 season. Loosehead prop Mne (Josh) Terry (539 ASRM) has failed to rehabilitate from a back injury and is also deploying on Exercise Cougar whilst Navy play maker , fly half / fullback AB (Tom) Davies (HMS Liverpool) has deployed with his ship to the Med. The Navy will still be well represented when the CS U23s take on Middlesex on 17 Apr at Aldershot Military Stadium. The match kicks off at 1400 and will feature Navy players SLt (Tom) Blackburn RN (HMS Sultan) who has also been selected to play against the RAF at Senior level, AET (Kye) Beasley (RNAS Culdrose), AET (John) MacMillan, AET (Ben) Clarke, NA (Aaron) Hunt and AET (John) Clay (all RNAS Yeovilton), Mne (Seta) Raumakita (42 Cdo RM) and AET (Jon) Humphrey (848NAS, RNAS Yeovilton). There would have been further U23 representation but for the fact that 3 of their players are starting for the Senior XV against the RAF, they are AB (Will) Cairns (CFPS), MA (Sam) Laird (HMS Collingwood) and ET (ME) (Dale) Sleeman (HMS Cumberland). 2 other U23s would have been involved with the senior game but for injury, namely Mne (Dennis) Scotthorne (42 Cdo RM), out with a shoulder injury, and ET(WE)(SM) (Ian) Cooper (HMS Ambush) who has a minor knee injury.