September 2016

RNRU U23s prepare to defend their Inter-Service title

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RNRU U23s prepare to defend their Inter-Service title

The Royal Navy Rugby Union representative season is about to get underway and the first team to take to the pitch are the Under 23s. As reigning Inter-Service champions, the Team are keen to defend their title and Lieutenant Commander Rob O'Kane, the U23 Assistant Director of Rugby (ADoR), took time out from his busy schedule to talk to us about the team philosophy and their aims for the season. Who could forget the excitement of the 2015 U23 campaign? Having defeated the RAF at Halton and then triumphing over the Army in a thrilling encounter at Burnaby Road, the RN were crowned IS Champions for the first time in 5 years. The ability of the players on the pitch was recognised when, f...

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New Director of Navy Rugby hopes to continue (Read) winning ways

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New Director of Navy Rugby hopes to continue (Read) winning ways

As we enter the 2016/17 Rugby season the Royal Navy Rugby Union has a new man at the helm who is looking to build upon the success of the 2016 season; Captain Roger Readwin Royal Navy is the new Director of Rugby (DoR). Based in Portsmouth as Captain Mine Warfare and Patrol Vessels, Diving and Fishery Protection he found time in his busy schedule to meet with David Martin. DM – So Roger, thank you for taking the time to talk to me, I want to begin by asking how it feels to be the Director of Rugby for the RNRU? RW – First of all, I would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of my predecessor, Mark Deller.  Mark’s hard work and energy has left...

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Good show from the Sharks at their last event of the season

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Good show from the Sharks at their last event of the season

The Sharks arrived at Fort Blockhouse on Friday afternoon to commence training for probably the hardest event of the season - the National Pub 7s at Harpenden.  All the players were put through their paces working hard on set plays to deliver frantic rugby which the 7s side of the game is renowned for.  The positive attitude continued throughout the weekend with further training sessions held on Saturday before the trip to Harpenden. Before the tournament began awards were made to a number of select players; Ben Jeacock was awarded the most valued player, Gavin Elsam breakout player and James Sutton the top try scorer.  The Sharks line up for this tournament included all p...

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RNRU Vacancy – Director Of Community Rugby

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The Royal Navy Rugby Union is seeking a suitably experienced candidate to fill the post of Director of Community Rugby in late 2016. This is a voluntary and unremunerated role and the successful candidate would ideally commit for a period of 2 to 3 years. The RNRU, as well as being a part of the Royal Navy, is a Constituent Body (CB) of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), a limited company and registered charity. It is, therefore, charged with the management, administration and development of the game of Rugby Union within the RN, in accordance with Service regulations and traditions, as well as in compliance with the requirements of the RFU and regulatory framework for charities. Our ...

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Dates for your Diary - UK Armed Forces Announce Forthcoming Fixtures

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Dates for your Diary - UK Armed Forces Announce Forthcoming Fixtures

As part of their 2016/2017 fixture list UKAF rugby have announced the dates of their forthcoming Remembrance matches in support of the Royal British Legion. On 11 November the UKAF Women will travel to Cardiff Arms Park to take on Wales Rugby Union Women's team. On 21 November the UKAF Senior XV will return to Bath RFC and square up to Bath United. Lieutenant Charlotte Fredrickson and Leading Writer Lauren Morton have both been named in an extended provisional squad of 36 and will be hoping to make the final cut of 23 players who will travel to Cardiff in the Autumn. The men's squad has yet to be announced but there will be a number of RNRU players who will be vying for selection, amo...

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