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Plymouth hosts Babcock Commonwealth Cup

30 September 2009

  • Royal Navy take on navies of Australia and New Zealand at Plymouth Albion
  • British XV looking to defend the trophy won in 2006

A Navy scrum half passes the ball out of a ruck

Photo: Getty Images

Plymouth will play host to the Royal Navy Rugby Union side as it takes on the might of the southern hemisphere navies of Australia and New Zealand for the Babcock Commonwealth Cup.

The Royal Navy will be mounting a robust defence of the trophy it won in South Africa in 2006 at Plymouth Albion's impressive ground at Brickfields this October.

The competition for the Babcock Commonwealth Cup begins with the Royal New Zealand Navy playing the Australian Navy on Tuesday, October 6, kick-off 7.15pm. This match will undoubtedly set the scene for what promises to be a hard-fought and entertaining competition.

The Babock Cup was born in 1997 when the southern hemisphere navies both toured the UK and it was decided to form a Tri-Navies tournament, held every three years.  In 2000, the South African Navy joined, thus forming the Commonwealth Cup. Sadly, the South African Navy are unable to compete in this year’s competition.

Following the conclusion of the Babcock Commonwealth Cup, the best players from all three navies will form the Combined Nations Barbarians to take on Devon and Cornwall on Thursday, October 15 at 6.30pm.

Tickets for all matches are available on the gate, costing £5 for adults, £3 for Under 18s and free entry for Under 16s.

Full Babcock Commonwealth Cup Fixtures are as follows:

Tuesday, October 6, 7.15pm: Royal New Zealand Navy v Royal Australian Navy
Friday, October 9, 4pm: RN Rugby Union President's Select XV v Royal Australian Navy
Friday, October 9, 7.15pm, Royal Navy v Royal New Zealand Navy
Monday, October 12, 4pm, RN Rugby Union President's Select XV v Royal New Zealand Navy
Monday, October 12, 7.15pm, Royal Navy v Royal Australian Navy