UKAF Men’s Team – Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE

UK Armed Forces Men vs Bath United

The Recreational Ground

Monday 21 November 16

K/O 1930hrs

 

Serving military personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force men’s rugby teams will combine to face Bath United at the Rec on Monday the 21st November 2016.

 

All members of the UK Armed Forces team have deployed around the world, with many putting their lives on the line for their country.  With the game being played in November just ten days after Remembrance Day there will be added significance to the contest.

 

Men’s military rugby has never been more popular, not only within the services – the general public have also provided a huge amount of support.  Every year the Army Vs Navy game puts on a fantastic show in front of a packed Twickenham crowd and the UK Armed Forces have come closer to a sell-out crowd at the Rec with record crowds every year for the past three years.

 

If you have ever watched one of those games you will know how much talent is on display, and if that wasn’t enough skill and speed for you the best players from both Army & Navy will join with the Royal Air Forces finest to combine forces against a Bath United team that is likely to include a number of their first team players and rising stars at their historic Recreation Ground.

 

This year’s team will be captained by Flight Lieutenant Tom Rock (RAF).  A full list of the UKAFR team can be found below, take note of the names – one of the men listed below could become the next Semesa Rokoduguni, UKAFR star, full international and a household rugby name.

 

UKAF squad in full:

 

Sergeant Gaz Evans,  Lance Corporal Chris Budgen, Lance Corporal Ricky Reeves, Marine Chris Robinson,  Lance Sergeant  Matty Dwyer, LA (AH) Ben Priddey, Corporal Daz Oliver, Musician Edd Passcoe, Corporal Josh McNally, Corporal Ben Fox, Lance Bombardier Iferimi Boladou, Marine Jarrard Hayler, Corporal Dave Fairbrother, Flying Officer Matt Tibbatts, Sergeant Tom Chennell, Able Seaman  (MW) Gareth Rees,  Lance Corporal James Dixon, Marine Mat Tichias, Flight Lieutenant Tom Rock, Rgr Chris Leathem, Flying Officer Lloyd Owen, Corporal Lee Queeley, Bombardier Owain Davies.

 

 

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For more details contact:

Wg Cdr Keith Dear, United Kingdom Armed Forces Rugby Director Media

Email: media@ukafru.com

 

Images Available from the UKAF Image Library

www.ukafrugbyimages.com

Fresh from their European Champions Cup victory over Racing 92, Saracens demonstrated how strong the depth of their squad is with a convincing 52-10 victory over UKAF at the Honourable Artillery Company's ground in the heart of the City of London. Nils Mordt's team were able to control possession for long periods but were also dangerous from deep when looking to counter attack and four tries in each half were fair reward for their play. For UKAF it was a hard night, particularly at the breakdown, but they were rewarded by their persistence with a late try from skipper Tom Rock. Ultimately though the side who only game together on Monday could not match the cohesion of the Saracens team.
Flt Lt Tom Rock who also captained the UKAF Rugby side earlier this year in May’s match against saracens, will lead the team out in the 2016 Remembrance Match at Bath’s Recreation Ground.

 

UKAFRU Men's XV lost 35 - 7 to Bath United in the 2015 Remembrance Match. The UKAFRU try was scored by Chris Latham and converted by Owain Davies. Will Jones captained the side on his UKAFRU debut
UKAFRU Men’s XV lost 35 – 7 to Bath United in the 2015 Remembrance Match. Ranger Clive Leathem is again in the squad and will be looking to get on the score sheet once more.

 

UKAFRU Men's XV lost 35 - 7 to Bath United in the 2015 Remembrance Match. The UKAFRU try was scored by Chris Latham and converted by Owain Davies. Will Jones captained the side on his UKAFRU debut
The Remembrance Rugby Matches, whether the Women’s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, or the Men’s at the Recreation Ground are always special occasions and support the ongoing work of the Royal British Legion.

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