Monthly Archives: March 2017

Fairbrother’s Man of the Match Performance – A Photographic Tribute

The final one of three mini photo essays from the Royal Navy v Marine Nationale (men and women) rugby on Wednesday last.

Up Close and Personal – Dave Fairbrother.  Fairy the feisty eight is used to making headlines – good and bad!  But gradually the pendulum is swinging in his favour and with back to back man of the match performances in the Navy’s last two matches when caps were being awarded you can not deny his importance to the Royal Navy cause.  Lee Crabb, of Scrumpix, kept his lens on him to bring you some of Dave Fairbrother’s best moments.

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Royal Navy Women’s Best Showing at ‘Entente Cordial’ Falls Just Short

Royal Navy Women before their annual encounter with the Marine National Feminines.  The teams play for the Entente Cordial Trophy and it was the seventh game in the series first started in 2011 with a 12-a-side game, also hosted at HMS Drake

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Sacré Bleu – Marine Nationale make it four in a row

Congratulations go to the Marine Nationale side who last night retained “Le Crunch’ Trophy with a hard earned 19 – 15 win over the Royal Navy at Brickfields, Plymouth last night.  They edge ahead in the series 7 – 6, the first time since the fixtures were re-introduced in 2005.  They also achieved for the first time a winning sequence of four matches.  This is quite an achievement considering the great difficulty both sides have had in winning away from home.  The Royal Navy have only achieved it once in 2008 (Paris) whilst the Marine Nationale are clearly getting better at travelling having won away in 2015 (Portsmouth) and last night.

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Work Rate From the Engine Room Sets Up Navy Win


It was good to travel south to Glasgow to catch up with the Royal Navy team tonight in their game against Glasgow Hawks.  Some good rugby from both teams.  Matt Harvey (with ball) was deservedly named man of the match but he was matched in his work rate by his second row colleague Edd Pascoe.  The two are forming quite a second row partnership with Ben Fox also adding some good lineout variations.

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Royal Navy Win at Anniesland


Diane Hodgkinson, Craig’s mother, presents winning captain, Kyle Mason, of the Royal Navy the Craig Hodgkinson Trophy after a thrilling 28-17 win over home team Glasgow hawks.  The Royal Navy turned around at half time 21 – 5 ahead after recovering from an early Hawks try set back to score three of their own through man of the match, Matt Harvey, Richie Cadywould and Eldon Myers.  The second half was more even and the Navy weathered a strong Hawks fight back to secure the win aided by a fourth try from Rhys Dimmock-Williams.  During the match money was raised for the Craig Hodgkinson Trust which helps provide defribulators in the community.  Craig a Royal Navy and Glasgow Hawks player sadly died of cardiomyopathy when playing for the Royal Navy in 2006.  Tonight was the first time the teams have met since the memorial game May 2007.