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The Two New Forces Faces You'll See In The Premiership This Year

The Armed Forces can now boast three players in the top tier of England's rugby union system...

The Armed Forces can now boast three players in the top tier of England's rugby union system.

The Aviva Premiership gets underway at the start of next month, and fans will see an RAF and an Army man join Semesa Rokoduguni in the elite competition.

The England international, who's now entering his sixth year with West Country outfit Bath, will have forces company in Josh McNally and Senitiki Nayalo after their side, London Irish, was promoted unbeaten last year.

Speaking to Forces Network from a training session in Sunbury, RAF Corporal Josh McNally said:

"It's just really nice for the military really, to have three of us guys in the Premiership."

It's McNally's second season in the top flight, although he'll hope to have more luck than he did with London Welsh in 2014-2015 - they were relegated and went into liquidation at the end of 2016.

RAF Corporal Josh McNally London Irish

The club were subsequently removed from the RFU Championship in January this year. Thankfully, though, the 27-year-old weapons technician got picked up by Irish.

But for Army Gunner Senitiki Nayalo the prospect of a premiership season is completely new.

Army Gunner Senitiki Nayalo London Irish

London Irish kick off their season with a double-header at Twickenham stadium. They're up against Harlequins, while reigning European champions Saracens are taking on Northampton.

The Premiership clash between Bath and London Irish will now have a very distinct military feel to it, meanwhile. The two sides meet for the first time on the 4th November.

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