September 2013

Opportunity Knocks

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The 2013 fixture list could not have been better planned.  After a good first outing against Ealing Trailfinders it is important for the U23’s to ensure they are prepared to work as hard for each other as they did last season.  There is neither place nor time in their short season for any thoughts that it will ‘just happen’.  Performances have to be worked for.  So the second match of the season not only brings them in front of their home Burnaby Road crowd but also matches them against Chichester, who last season won the match far too easily.  The perfect incentive to put on a show. Two years ago the Burnaby Road faithful were able to b...

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The Word From ‘The Man in the Van’

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The Navy Referees training day, to be held next week at RNAS Yeovilton, will include a session from the RFU’s newest Television Match Official, Keith Lewis. Navy followers last saw Keith when he officiated the annual  International Babcock Challenge  between the Royal Navy and Marine Nationale. The match, which included the issuing of both red and yellow cards, was one where he might well have wished to have had the opportunity to refer an incident to a TMO. This season is the second year that the RFU have been trialling the extended use of video to help the referee in the middle. The TMO trial also includes some matches in the Championship and the weekend before the t...

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Royal Navy Rugby Union Annual General Meeting

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Royal Navy Rugby Union club representatives are reminded that the Royal Navy Rugby Union Annual General Meeting is being held on Friday 27 September 2013 at Jester’s, HMS Heron (BA22 8HT).   The day’s programme will run from 1000-1200. If you are attending please confirm with the Assistant Secretary RNRU on 023 92725238 by Friday 20 September 2013.

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RN(W) Players Nominated for Englnad Academy Trials

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5 Players from the RN Ladies team have been nominated for England Academy Trials. AB Sam Alderson (HMS Scott), Lt Charlotte Fredrickson (COMUKTG), AB Stacey Hargrave (HMS Richmond), LWtr Lauren Morton (RNPDT&MC) and SLt Helen Stevenson (HMS Collingwood) have all been put forward for trials that are taking place on 29 Sep 13 by Head Coach, Lt Dominic "Bali" Salisbury (INM) who said, "I chose these players as I believe that they have the talent and ability to represent the RN at the academy level and beyond". This is the first time that the RNRU have nominated players for trials. Both the Army and RAF are already represented at this level and it is hoped that these players will demons...

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Navy U23s Have a Point to Prove

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The Royal Navy Under 23 team begin their 2013 Inter Service campaign with a tough away trip to Ealing Trailfinders and a point to prove from last season. Those who followed their campaign in 2012 will have seen a group of players develop into an effective team. Following a poor start against Chichester they showed remarkable progress through to a deserved win in their opening Inter Service match, at home to the Royal Air Force , and to the championship's conclusion at Aldershot. At the home of Army Rugby the Navy U23s produced a performance that was resolute in defence but also capable of taking their opportunities in attack. Both teams had chances to win the game in the dying mi...

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