October 2009

ROYAL NAVY DASHES NEW ZEALAND HOPES OF VICTORY

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The Royal Navy took on the Royal New Zealand Navy in what was to be a clash between two sides determined to play an exciting brand of rugby and both having their sights set on winning the 2009 Babcock Commonwealth Cup. The Kiwis had begun their campaign in fine style with a convincing win on Tuesday over the Royal Australian Navy 45 points to 12. The scene was thus set for a confrontation with the current holders, the Royal Navy, at Plymouth Albion’s ground on Friday. The wet and blustery conditions did not deter the vocal and enthusiastic crowd of over 2,000 who witnessed a battle unfold between two evenly matched sides. The Kiwis, clearly buoyed by their victory over traditional riv...

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Royal Navy squad announced to face Royal Australian Navy – Monday 12 October.

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After a hard fought victory over the Royal New Zealand Navy on Friday, the Royal Navy has made some changes to face the Australians on Monday. Captain Dave Pascoe will be missing due to injury, as will Dom Griffen and Dale Sleeman. However, fans can look forward to seeing the return of exciting winger Josh Drauniniu. The first match will again see the Kiwis in action against the RNRU President’s Select XV, kick off at 4pm. The match to decide the winners of the Babcock Commonwealth Cup – RN v RAN, will Kick off at 7.15pm. All matches at PARFC, Brickfields, Plymouth. Tickets available on the gate: £5 for adults, £3 for under-18s and free for U16s. The RN squad to face the RAN ...

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NEW ZEALAND WINS OPENING BATTLE IN BABCOCK COMMONWEALTH CUP

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The Babcock Commonwealth Cup 2009 started with a well deserved win for the Royal New Zealand Navy over the Royal Australian Navy by 45 points to 12. The first silverware of the competition went to the New Zealanders as they overcame a spirited Australian Navy team at Plymouth Albion on Tuesday night. The Shelford-Stokes International Shield, presented for the first time this year, will be making its way to New Zealand. The trophy was named after former RNZN sailor, undefeated All Black Captain and life patron of the RNZN Rugby Union Wayne (Buck) Shelford. A blustery and damp evening did not deter around 1200 spectators from braving the elements to witness the opening game of the Babc...

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Royal Navy Squad to Face the Royal New Zealand Navy on Fri 9 Oct KO 1915 at Plym

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ROYAL NAVY V ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY - KO 1915 1 NA(AH) Kyle Mason * RNAS Yeovilton 2 Capt Tom Evans-Jones RM 42 Cdo RM 3 ETME Mark Jones (U23) HMS St Albans 4 LAET Marsh Cormack * HMS Sultan 5 AB Will Cairns (U23) HMS St Albans 6 Mne Kieron Morton UKLF CSG 7 Cpl Greg Barden * RM Poole 8 Cpl Gaz Evans * HQ 3 Cdo Bde RM 9 POET(WE) Wayne John (c) * HMS Liverpool 10 AB Dom Griffen (U23) HMS Collingwood 11 Mne Jonny Stephens (U23) CTCRM 12 Logs CS Silvenusi Buinimasi * RNAS Culdrose 13 ETME Dale Sleeman (U23) HMS Cumberland 14 Mne Scott Llewellyn * Cdo Logs Regt 15 Mne Rob Lloyd * 42 Cdo RM * Denotes Capped Players Replacement...

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ROYAL NAVY ANNOUNCE SQUAD FOR THE BABCOCK 2009 COMMONWEALTH CUP

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ROYAL NAVY LOOKS TO THE FUTURE FOR THE 2009 BABCOCK COMMONWEALTH CUP A variety of injuries, career courses and operational deployments mean that 12 capped players are unavailable for the Royal Navy squad to take on the Southern Hemisphere in the Babcock Commonwealth Cup. However, this has presented the Royal Navy Director of Rugby, Geraint Ashton Jones and New Head Coach, Billy May with a real opportunity to select 9 players from the under 23s for the RN Squad. The youngest of these is fly half Dom Griffen at just 18 years old, and 20 year old prop Mark Jones who have both shown that they have the skills and ability to play at this level. The Australians and New Zealanders will r...

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