CDS Defence Support has a successful day at Army vs Navy Rugby 2018

On Saturday the 5th May, CDS Defence Support were joined by over 30 customers at the prestigious Army vs Navy match 2018 at Twickenham Stadium. This was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all, that saw the Army win 22 – 14.

This 101st British Army v Royal Navy Rugby match is a highly anticipated annual affair played in front of 80,000 people. This meant that the atmosphere on the day was fantastic and a great background to a lovely and sunny Saturday game. 

CDS Defence Support was, once again, at the match in force. Over 40 people attended the game, including, CDS’ CEO, Fergus Bailie, clients and guests from both the Defence industry and further afield and other CDS DS staff from all areas of the business. During a welcome address to the assembled guests, Fergus gave some history of the stadium and commented that “We are extremely proud to be associated with Army rugby and in particular the Academy.  Rugby has parallels to our values as an organisation – we believe that only through developing talent, teamwork and a shared vision of success can an organisation achieve.  By supporting the Army Academy we are helping put the stars of tomorrow on a firm footing, giving them every chance of success.”

Despite the RAF having already won the Inter Services Championship, there was still a lot on the line for both sides – not least forces pride. The match kicked off at 3pm and the atmosphere inside the CDS Defence Support boxes was enthusiastic. Guests from the Royal Navy and British Army were supporting their respective teams whilst seeking the backing of the neutral observers such as the Royal Air Force. 

The match saw one red card, to the Navy’s former Fiji flanker Sam Matavesi which left the Navy one man down for the whole of the second half. After some fantastic play, multiple tries and a power cut with 22 minutes to go, the match ended with the Army taking the win with a score of 22 – 14.

After the match was over, CDS DS welcomed some of the Under 23 Army Rugby Team into the box in order for some senior members of the army board to present awards, they were:

Commitment to the Academy - Roberts
RAMC Persevered through non-selection over previous seasons to become 1st choice TH Prop.

Most Improved Player - Richards
RA Over 3 seasons has made himself the starting winger and began scoring tries for fun.

Team Player - Godden
R SIGNALS Replacement for Spr Eyres. On being relegated to subs bench he chose to work and train harder – rewarded by selection for UKAF.

Unsung Hero - James
R WELSH Willing to play and position and wanting to learn all the time he tackled big and small.

Gone but not forgotten - Mercer
RE Captained the side this year and finally admitted he is no longer young enough to play U23!

100% + some - Peek
REME Never shirking a tackle or ball carry, Peek is professionalism personified.

Sartorial Elegance - Long
HCAV As the only Officer player, his smart suits and loafers set him aside in the sartorial stakes.

CDS Defence Support are already looking forward to 2019’s match which is due to take place on Saturday 4th May 2019.

Above, WO1 Glenn Haughton with the 6 Academy Rugby award winners.

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