Rugby Union

Royal Navy Kick Off Rugby Union Season With Defeat

A 55-3 loss to the Cornish Pirates in Penzance was the Royal Navy's first match since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royal Navy rugby union team's first match of the season ended with a heavy defeat in Cornwall.

In their first match since the pandemic, the senior Navy side was beaten 55-3 in Penzance by the Championship outfit Cornish Pirates.

Fly half Rickus Brink kicked the only points for the military team, as a strong Pirates squad dominated the match.

The Senior Service, who had only trained for a few days prior to the match, were 36-3 down at half-time and despite a hard-working defence, they conceded 19 more points in the second period.

Arwel Robson was top scorer for the Pirates, adding to his try with a number of successful penalty kicks.

After the defeat, Navy head coach Dave Pascoe said: "It's so good to be playing again and I'm so impressed by the energy and enthusiasm these lads brought into the game today."

The Navy's Senior XV's next fixture is against Oxford University in February.

Meanwhile, the Navy's development team was also in action against Hampshire Academy in Portsmouth, where its players suffered a late 28-21 defeat.

Cover image: The Navy players huddle after the defeat in Penzance. (Picture: Royal Navy Rugby/Twitter).