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Army make winning start to Inter Services Championship

16 April 2012

  • Semesa Rokoduguni scores four tries in Army victory at Halton
  • Dean Richards watches Army trounce RAF
Jack Prasad of the Army on the charge during the victory over the RAF

Photo: RFU Archive

The Army opened this season’s Babcock Inter Services Championship with a crushing 59-0 win over the RAF at RAF Halton.

Wing Semesa Rokoduguni led the way with four tries as the Army proved why they are the International Defence Rugby Champions.

The Army prepared for the tournament with a narrow defeat by Northampton Saints in the Mobbs Memorial Match and a training camp in Portugal where they drew 31-31 with a Newcastle Falcons XV.

Dean Richards, who will take charge as Newcastle’s director of rugby in August, was in the crowd at RAF Halton for the Inter-Services opener.

The Inter Services Championship continues on April 18 when the Royal Navy host the RAF at Burnaby Road in Portsmouth at 7pm.

The finale to the tournament is the Army v Navy Babcock Trophy match at Twickenham Stadium on April 28.

Travel advice for Army Navy at Twickenham

Due to engineering works there will be no London Underground District Line or London Overground service to and from Richmond Station on Saturday, April 28. The District Line will terminate at Turnham Green Station and be replaced by a shuttle bus service to Richmond Station.

The RFU will provide a shuttle bus service from Richmond station to the stadium and a return service after the match.

Shuttle buses will also run before and after the match from Hounslow station to assist spectators using the Piccadilly line. An enhanced South West mainline train service will be in operation from Waterloo and all stations to and from Richmond and Twickenham.

Further information on getting to Twickenham Stadium is available on RFU.com.