U23 XV - Image Gallery
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2019 Inter Services
The first match was away against the Royal Navy, at Devonport. The match was played on a heavy pitch in very heavy rain. In the end it was the Royal Navy pack who determined the result as they exerted control and won penalty after penalty. Final score, despite two Army tries, was Navy 28 Army 12.
By contrast the home match against the RAF was played on a dry but very cold evening at Aldershot. Seven tries in the first half saw the Army lead 22-17 and although the second half was closer the Army extended their lead through a penalty to 25-17 before the RAF scored the eighth try of the night. Final score Army U23XV 25 RAF U23XV 22
2019 Preparation Matches
2018 Inter Services - Winners
First match for the Army was at home against the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy arrived at Aldershot having won the championship for the last three years and beaten the RAF 34 - 31 the week before. However the young Army pack produced an excellent performance in the loose and the game was controlled from Fly Half by man of the match, Aaron James, as the Army ran out 37 - 24 winners.
The following week they backed up this victory with a dogged performance in terrible conditions at RAF Halton. With a strong cross wind and rain sweeping the ground the Army turned around 7 - 6 in front having played into the worst of the weather. Three second half tries, with the wind on their backs, sealed the win, and the championship, 26 - 6.
2017 Inter Services
The Royal Navy retained the U23XV title after holding off a late Army come back in a thrilling 19-19 draw at Burnaby Road, Portsmouth. The draw meant that both the Army and the Royal Navy finished level on ach points wit hthe Navy having the better points difference due to their big away win against the RAF.