Navy rugby train for championship

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Location(s): Brisbane, Queensland

The Royal Australian Navy Men’s Rugby Union side prepare for the ADF Rugby Union championship 2016 at Borneo Barracks in Cabarlah, Queensland. (photo: Unknown)
The Royal Australian Navy Men’s Rugby Union side prepare for the ADF Rugby Union championship 2016 at Borneo Barracks in Cabarlah, Queensland.

Players representing the Royal Australian Navy in Rugby Union are in Brisbane for this year’s Australian Defence Force Rugby Union Championship.
 
A training camp at Borneo Barracks in Cabarlah, Queensland was a prelude to the main event at Ballymore Stadium between 18-21 May.
 
Last year the Navy's men lost their 2014 title, the Wing Commander John Caldwell Shield, to Army and the women are looking to regain the Commodore Mick Dunne Cup last held in 2013.
 
Women’s team captain, Petty Officer Nicki Palmer said the current squad is the largest and strongest ever brought to the championship.
 
“We have a really good balance of experienced and new players this year, which is really exciting,” Petty Officer Palmer said.
 
“The level of skills being demonstrated by the team so early in the camp has been really impressive.”
 
The men’s team have also brought an impressive squad which includes the recent NSW Country Championships Player of the Tournament, Able Seaman Aaron Loudon and runner up Leading Seaman Alex Wilson. Both men played in the championship winning Illawarriors side and have been selected to represent NSW Country.
 
Men’s coach, Warrant Officer Dave Carter said the training camp prepared the teams well.
 
“We had a high intensity session against locals the Toowoomba Rangers who, after a slow start to their season, brought a hard fight to help prepare us,” he said.
 
“Borneo Barracks was a great facility to prepare and the cohesion and teamwork between both the men’s and women’s teams has been amazing,” Warrant Officer Carter said.
 
Both teams defeated Air Force in the first hit out of the championships - the men's side won 36-21 and the women 27-5.
 
Women’s coach, Lieutenant Commander Amanda Folkes, was confident the team was in the running for the main prize also.
 
“This year’s squad has raw talent, depth and determination drawn from right across Navy and are well poised to win the 2016 championship,” Lieutenant Commander Folkes said.
 
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