England Women won 17-10 last night at the Army’s Rugby Stadium, Aldershot in front of a good sized crowd. With the win Gary Street’s side go 2-0 up in the three match series and no doubt the England team will be looking to make it a ‘whitewash’ in the third match hat Twickenahm on Saturday. (KO17:00). The Army Rugby Union can be well pleased with their staging of this match with both teams publicly praising the venue and the organisation. Navy Rugby’s Tim Bailey was one of the Assistant Referees for the match and did not get a mention – which is exactly how it should be. The Services have a long heritage of hosting International sides and the match at Aldershot rightly takes its place as the latest in the roll of honour.
The planned Navy Women’s training with the WRU and the match against Bristol have both fallen foul of the weather. Similarly the RAF’s match against Northampton today is subject to a morning pitch inspection.
That seems to be it for Navy Rep matches pre Christmas. The Women are first up in the New Year with a match against Paignton (9 Jan @ Paignton) and the Mariners start their Inter Service preparations the week late against the Somerset Saxons (16 Jan Venue TBC). Seniors are not in action until February and of court though the U23’s have finished they still may be Inter Service champions depending on Sunday’s result from RAF Halton. Currently Navy have a +4 points difference so a RAF win, draw or loss by 3 points or less will be enough to win the title. Army win by more than 4 and they retain the title. Army win by 4 and it will depend on goals and tries and who shouts loudest! Lets hope that before too long the championship regulations are published.