March 2013

ROYAL NAVY SENIOR XV NAMES STRONG SQUAD FOR TRIP TO DUBLIN

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The Royal Navy Senior XV travel to Dublin to face the Irish Defence Forces in their Annual fixture This will be the 12 th meeting of the two sides, the first being in 2002 at London Welsh. The overall series stands at 8 - 3 to the Royal Navy. Until last season there had never been more than 7 points between the 2 teams, however a 55-3 home win for the Royal Navy certainly sent IDF selectors thinking back over the water with concerns.   The Navy set-off on Mon knowing this is likely to be a bruising encounter with the Irish wanting to make the home field advantage pay and seeking revenge following last season mauling. 1. NA(AH) (Kyle) Mason HMNB Devonport 2. LNA(A...

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Fun, fitness and friendship with O2 Touch in Portsmouth

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UNITED SERVICES Portsmouth RFC is looking to get more people playing rugby through the Rugby Football Union's O2 Touch initiative. Touch is the fun, non-contact version of rugby played by people of all ages and every level of ability and experience. Broadening the reach and appeal of rugby through Touch is one of the key focus areas for the RFU to create a lasting legacy for the sport in the build up to and beyond the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The RFU, working with O2, is committed to establishing 75 new O2 Touch Centres by June 2013 and a further 100 during 2013-14 - and United Services Portsmouth RFC is one of the first clubs in the country to be involved. The club will be runni...

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Royal Navy Rugby Development Officer

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All, I'd like to formally introduce myself as the newly appointed Rugby Development Officer for the Royal Navy. As a former Chief Physical Training Instructor I bring 23 years of career experience in the Development, Management and Delivery of Sport. As the title implies, I will be responsible for increasing involvement at all levels of rugby looking at new and developing formats, with a strong focus on growth, enjoyment and participation at grassroots level.  For the last 3½ years I have been very fortunate in fulfilling this role as a serviceman and therefore, I believe I can continue to take Navy Rugby forward by:    Continuing to support development ...

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BATTLING RN(W) DEFEATED BY WELL DRILLED TROJANS SIDE

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RN(W) 5 - 17 Trojans Some new players were involved for the RN(W) for this fixture against a very well drilled Trojans RFC. The game started badly for the RN(W) and a failure to claim a restart and some uncharacteristically poor tackling allowed the strong running Trojans backs to score a try within the first minute. 0-5. Having got over that initial shock the RN(W) team, captained by Lt (Charlotte) Fredrickson (COMUKMARFOR) put that setback behind them and started to play some decent rugby. Although under pressure at the scrum, Lt (Paula) Bennett - Smith (NATO NORTHWOOD)   worked hard to continually get over the gain line, putting in the hard yards in tight rucking phase ...

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ROYAL NAVY CLAIM FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON IN FINE STYLE

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The Navy and Cambridge were part of a 66 point thriller on Weds evening in Portsmouth in the Navy's third game of the season. The Navy triumphed 38-28 in a fast and open game that saw the best performance of the season so far.   Cambridge opened the brighter team and immediately put the Navy under pressure, but resolute defence kept them to 2 penalties kicks in the for 10 minutes.    The Navy then had their best spell of the game with good continuity between forwards and backs, earned themselves penalties from the pressure and choose to kick to touch, from the resulting lineout the maul worked well and LNA (AH) (Ben) Priddey (RNAS Culdrose), in his first game o...

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