Monthly Archives: January 2013

US Portsmouth – From National Service to Community Service

Gone are the days when US Portsmouth could field many internationals in its famous hooped shirts but today’s club remains at the forefront of rugby innovation.

British Lion and former England Captain Phil Vickery with US Portsmouth DoR, Si Burns and representatives from Cottage Grove, St Swithuns and Mayville schools at the launch of a new rugby academy.

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Second Gear Air Command Too Strong for Corps

Royal Marine’s fail to get to grip with another NAC forward charge as the Fleet Ari Arm chalk up their second successive victory 17-0 in the 2012/2013 Navy Rugby Inter Command competition.

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Salmon Returns to Face First Test

The second round of the the 2012/13 Inter Command matches coincides with the return from Operations of Navy Rugby’s new Head Coach, Owen Salmon, and the day after his return he hopes to be on the touchline at HMS Heron to face the first test of his new role.

Owen Salmon – Head Coach, Navy Rugby

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Portsmouth Command Secure Hard Fought Win Over RN Scotland

Navy Number8, Ian Cooper gave a man of the match performance to lead Portsmouth Command to a 16 – 8 win over RN Scotland at HMS Collingwood

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Just What the ‘Doc” Ordered

Ash Coates has been confirmed as new CS Director of Rugby, Doc Cox’s first appointment – Head Coach for the Combined Services Senior XV 2013.

Ash Coates – New Head Coach for Combined Services XV

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Gaz Evans – A Remarkable Achievement

[This blog post was update 16 Jan to amend and correct the information on Dan Parkes]

When Gaz Evans turned out for London Welsh last weekend he joined an elite group of modern Navy Rugby players.

Gaz Evans on the charge for the Royal Navy

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First Post of the New Year

A busy Christmas with rugby and family is rapidly becoming a distant memory as is my memory of the sun.  Recent low pressure systems have brought constant rain and low cloud.  The days have lacked contrast and having lights on inside the house at midday is never a good sign.  However I have added a couple of images from a day’s photography I undertook at the end of December as I have finally found time to process them.  They are on the Landscape – Glen Coe & Ben Nevis page.