Two Key Fixtures at US Portsmouth
United Services Portsmouth will be hosting two prestigious fixtures either side of this season's Navy v RAF festival of rugby. On Saturday 12 April at 13:00 the US Pompey Vets will play Gosport and Fareham Vets as a memorial game for former Navy Senior XV Team Manager, WO ' Soapy' Watson. The game will see a number of former colleagues of Soapy run out including John Pocklington and Mark 'Shelly' Shelford. It is also rumoured that big Pat Patilla may make a guest appearance for ten minutes, knees permitting. Then on the Friday it is the turn of the Youth to take centre stage. In a return of the Inter Port derby US Portsmouth U16s will host Devonport Services U16s as part of US Portsmouth's 125 Year celebrations. The evening starts at 18:30 with a number of mini and junior warm up matches before the main game at 19:00. This will be the first opportunity to catch sight of next season's US Portsmouth Colts team when the club re-establishes the age group team - an initiative that all who new Soapy would know he would have been proud of. It promises to be a week of excellent rugby and US Portsmouth, Devonport Services and Navy Rugby would welcome as much support as possible.