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Following a three day training camp at HMS Temeraire last week, Head Coach of the UK Armed Forces Men’s Senior XV team – SSgt Lee Soper 7 (Para) RHA has announced the following squad to travel to Japan this autumn for the 2019 International Defence Rugby Competition;


Royal Air Force

SAC M Harris – Prop

Flt Lt S Philpott – Hooker

Sgt D Manning – Prop

Flt Lt R Bell – Back Row

SAC T Evans – Full Back


Royal Navy

LPt B Priddey – Hooker

AET S Makepeace – 2nd Row

LCpl E Pascoe – 2nd Row / Back Row

Mne R Vakalutukali – Back Row

AB G Rees – Scrum Half

Mne N Huntley – Fly Half

Mne S Raumakita – Centre

AET B Janes – Centre/Wing

LAET B Chambers – Wing

LPt E Myers – Wing

Mne C Duncan – Full Back / Wing



Sgt K Dowding – Prop

LCpl G Smith – Prop

Sgt R Parkins – 2nd Row

Cpl R Heath – Back Row

Capt J Miller (C) – Back Row

Sgt M Dawson – Back Row

Capt S Cross – Back Row

Cpl M Evans – Scrum Half

LCpl J Dixon – Fly Half

LCpl D Tooth – Centre

LCpl R Fatiaki – Centre

LBdr C O’Reilly – Wing / Centre



Lt Cdr M Cox – Director of Rugby

Maj M Thomas MBE – Team Manager

SSgt L Soper – Head Coach

SSgt J Doig – Equipment Manager

LH S Buinimasi – Assistant Coach

Lt Col S McQueeney – Physio

Sqn Ldr E Wolny-Slungaard – Physio

Cdr M Shaw – Event Manager


Many congratulations to all those selected, we wish you well for the competition.

Updates from the UKAF’s progress in the competition will be posted on the ARU website and social media Twitter and Instagram throughout the autumn.

You can also keep up to date with all the latest news for the competition, including competing teams and scheduled fixtures via the IDRC 2019 website