Rugby Union

Navy Captain 'Over The Moon' With U23s Rugby Title

Able Seaman Jake Hanley was speaking after the Navy secured the 2019 Inter Services Championship trophy.

The captain of the Royal Navy's under 23s rugby union side says he is "over the moon" after winning the 2019 Inter Services Championships.

Able Seaman Jake Hanley was speaking after the 27-10 win over the Air Force at RAF Halton.

That victory meant the Navy had won the title for the first time in two years.

AB Hanley said: "I’m over the moon for the boys.

"We’ve put in so much hard work over the last few months and it has really come to fruition here.

"We had to dig deep at times in that second half.

"They were relentless but our defence was so solid.

"The desire from the boys was top class which is why we got over the line today."

Able Seaman Jake Hanley lived the moment he was dreaming of when he lifted the Inter Services trophy at RAF Halton. (Picture: Alligin Photography)

Meanwhile, Royal Air Force skipper Senior Aircraftmen Sean Chapman was trying to look at the positives from the match.

He said: "There are always positives from a rugby game.

"We made a few mistakes which led to their tries which was unfortunate.

"Towards the end, we had to put pressure on them and that means we had to throw the ball and try different things.

"Unfortunately, it just did not work out for us today."