February 2019

Strong showing in season opener

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Strong showing in season opener

The Royal Navy Rugby Union Senior XV travelled to Iffley Road, Oxford to take on the University side in their opening match of the season.  It was an unusually mild night for the time of year, and the Navy team grew in confidence as the match went on, coming from 0 - 7 down to triumph 7 - 17 at full time. It was an evening of mixed emotions for the RNRU Senior XV as they travelled to Oxford for their first outing of the season.  Excited to be starting their preparations for the 2019 Inter Service competition, mixed with sadness at the untimely loss of one of their numbers. Before the match there was a minute's silence, and then the players' concentration turned to the task at ...

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Kyle Mason - Rest in peace

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Kyle Mason - Rest in peace

It is with deep sadness that the Royal Navy Rugby Union reports the news of the death of one of our most capped players, Leading Airman (Aircraft Handler) Kyle Mason.  Kyle was the most capped front row player (loose-head prop) in the history of the RNRU, with 29 caps to his name.   Kyle joined the Royal Navy in 2004, representing the RNRU at the Under 21 level in the same year. By 2007 he had won his first Senior XV cap and he has been a regular fixture in the team ever since. He also played internationally, representing Malta 34 times in the European group stages and World Cup qualifiers.  A Leading Airman, he served on ships operating around the world including HMS Bul...

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Opening match excitement for Mariners at Keyham

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Opening match excitement for Mariners at Keyham

The first match of the season for the Royal Navy Rugby Union Mariners was against Devonport Services Rugby Football Club.  A short notice change of venue to Keyham did not upset the players; an actioned packed match eventually resulted in a narrow win for the Sporting Blues. It was a cold January evening in the heart of Plymouth when the RNRU Mariners gathered for their game against Devonport Services Vets.  Players new and old travelled through the snow dusting which covered the south of the country.  It is always hard in the first game but having fun running with the ball in hand was the main aim of the evening.  With the Rectory not playable Keyham Sports ground w...

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Royal Marines remain dominant

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Royal Marines remain dominant

The final of the 2018/19 Inverdale Challenge competition saw the Royal Marines travelling from the South West to take on the Royal Navy Eastern Region team at Burnaby Road.  Although on paper the Royal Marines were by far the stronger side, the team from the East made them work hard for their victory.   The final score was Royal Marines 39 - 10 RN East but the score line did not reflect the quality of the game.  In particular the RN East pack were very capable. This means the Royal Marines have won the Inverdale Challenge competition 10 times in its 23 year history.  Full match report to follow . Teams list: Royal Marines 1. LCPL A Wilman 2. LCpl J Myburgh 3. Mne...

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