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Ultimate IV
– stunning
poster of the
Ark Royal
Capital gains
– in the big
● Chef Josh Drauniniu evades an All Black lunge to score in the Dubai
smoke with
7s against New Zealand Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images
Code determination
to the win, which put England While the performance of the
rugby powered Britain
through to a semi fi nal against national teams in the Rugby
to one fi nal and one
New Zealand. League World Cup Down Under
On the same day that the proved largely disappointing,
groundbreaking victory on England XV were losing out at not so the RN-led Service side
foreign soil in the sport’s
Twickenham to the All Blacks, a dispatched to Australia for the
two codes.
try from Josh – his third of the inaugural Armed Forces World
Two rugby union stalwarts were
tournament – helped England to a Cup.
at the heart of a 7s team in Dubai,
21-19 triumph and a meeting with In a twelve day period the squad
while RN/RM players formed the
South Africa in the fi nal. played fi ve matches – at times in
spine of a rugby league squad
Unfortunately the fi nal hurdle 35˚C temperatures – overcoming
fi ghting for the nation’s honour in
proved too high and England had jet lag, travelling between venues
to be content with the runners and, of course, native hostility
Twelve months ago Chef
up spot to a very physical South from the home side who felt by
Josh Drauniniu was part of the
African team. However for both turning up the trophy would be
successful Navy Sharks team which
players the whole experience had theirs, writes WO1 Keith Humpleby,
lifted the Dubai International
been immense. RNRL spokesman.
Been busy?
Overseas trophy for the second
Refl ecting on the two days One in three of the 27-strong
time in three years, writes Lt Cdr
England head coach Ben Ryan squad was drawn from the RN/
Geraint Ashton Jones, director of
said: “We want to be the best 7s RM, with head coach WOPT
No rest rugby RNRU.
side in the world and that means
Wayne Okell and highly-respected
Knowing that the Sharks
being World Series champions.
civilian coach Ray Unsworth
for HMS
were not due to enter the 2008 ere no
“Our team’s learning but I’ve
plotting the downfall of the various
tournament he probably doubted nam
got to say I’m very proud of them
that he wt he ould return to Dubai so
and feel we have turned a corner.”
After a minimal three days to
Also very gratifi ed was Lt Cdr
overcome jet lag, GBAF met the
However along with
Ashton Jones.
New Zealand Defence Force in
NaN vy Rugby colleague, Cpl
“Everyone at Navy Rugby was
the opening match.
Greg Barden,Gre Josh returned
very proud of both Greg and
Facing down the Kiwi’s ‘Haka’
to make his interto ma national debut
Josh’s call up.
prior to kick-off GBAF left the
for the England 7s team afor the E t Dubai
“Both players work extremely
opposition in no doubt as to the
in the fiin the fi r rst leg of the IRB World 7s
hard on their game with their
task that faced them.
civilian clubs, Bristol and Exeter
This was reinforced barely three
Both will also be hoping thaBoth t
Chiefs and when they are with the
minutes into the match when RN
they returthey retu n to Dubai in March as
Navy team.
prop AET Lewis Taylor broke the
parpart of the England 7 competing t of t
“I am sure they will bring their
Kiwi line and sprinted 40 metres
in the in the WWoorld Cup 7s 2009.
experiences back into the squad
before offl oading to see the RAF’s
● Meet the natives.. AET Lewis Taylor runs into fi erce Aussie
FFoollollowers of RNRU will be
which will only help the Navy
Dale Jinks score under the posts.
Testing time
opposition during the military Rugby League World Cup Down
familiar with both plaamiliar yers – and
team to build on last season’s
The conversion was scored by
their style.their st Greg is known for
RN full back Dane Smallbone
– a pilot’s
game. With barely 20 seconds on on as a replacement and with
his pohis powerful, direct running and
He continued: “They will also
who carried on where he had left
the clock Josh received the ball his fi rst touch of the ball crashed serve as an inspiration to our
off in the Inter-Services, bagging
view of the
strength in the tackle which led to
ten metres from his own goal line, over to score (from a distance other talented players that they
six conversions in a 100 per cent
fi ve tries against the RAF in the
made the line break and ran the signifi cantly less than 90 metres) – should never sell themselves short
performance on the night.
2008 Inter Service Tournament.
try in from 90 metres. A try on his again try on debut. but remain ambitious and keep
While the second half saw the
Joint Strike
Josh’s pace and elusive style has
debut. “This is what I expected from striving to be the best they can.
All Blacks fi ght back as the GB
been the talk on many a messdeck
“My fi rst try against Portugal England 7s and it’s amazing. “It is also very pleasing to
side began to tire there was never
after his exploits in the famous
felt fantastic and I really felt Whether on the bench or starting receive feedback from England
any real danger and a 36-26 score
Navy Blue shirt. The question was
proud to be wearing the England it’s all about the team,” said Greg. as to how much both players had
line represented a very satisfactory
could both players take their Navy
shirt. When I got the call up from England topped their group contributed, on and off the fi eld,
start to the competition.
form on to the international stage. England I couldn’t believe it and after wins against USA and Fiji to the squad. It seems that the
The second group match
The answer: a resounding yes! to score on my debut just topped before meeting Argentina in the Navy’s and the Corps’ values are
saw Great Britain face a Papua
England were drawn to play it off,” Josh enthused. quarter fi nals. in international demand.”
New Guinea squad which
against Portugal in the fi rst pool Not to be outdone, Greg came Both players contributed fully From seven to 13... marina Continued on page 46
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