Rugby Union

Navy Beat Northampton Police As Inter Services Buildup Continues

A 49-19 win gives the side momentum ahead of games against the French Marine Nationale, the Royal Air Force and the British Army.

The Royal Navy women's rugby union team have continued their Inter Services preparations with a win against Northampton Police.

The 49-19 victory at HMS Temeraire saw senior and development squad members come together to face off against the civil service side.

The forces team ran in five first half tries to a commanding lead in Portsmouth.

The second half saw a number of changes from the Navy which disrupted their rhythm and allowed Northampton to grab a few scores of their own.

However, it was not enough and the Navy looked comfortable ahead of bigger fixtures to come.

On 18 March the military team face off against the Marine Nationale in Toulon, and Rose Dixon is expecting a difficult match.

"They are a tough side," she said.

"They are very big, very strong and very powerful players. We expect a bit of a rough and tumble game.

"It’s great for us and it’s great for the new players.

"It can be a little scary with that first tackle but then you see some of the smallest players on the pitch putting absolute shots in on people.

"That’s what you love to see.

"I love to see people fall in love with the game."

The Navy dominated from the start and an early try set the tone of the match in Portsmouth.

Following the match in France, the Navy tackle the RAF at Twickenham Stoop on 18 April.

Their final Inter Services match will see history made as the women’s Army-Navy fixture will be held at Twickenham Stadium on 2 May for the first time.

Dixon is excited to make history with the Navy team and said playing at the ground is "every rugby player's dream".

"It’s something that I think about and it gives me goosebumps," she said.

"It’s something that we thought was unattainable within a year and we were wrong.

"It’s been given to us and now, we are ready to go out there and prove that we should have been there five or ten years earlier."