Navy team face Ipswich Rugby Club in friendly game

WITH HMS Protector moored at Ipswich Docks, Ipswich Rugby Club welcomed the crew of the Royal Navy Antarctic patrol vessel for a friendly match at Humber Doucy Lane.

A combined XV of first and second-teamers and under-18s took the score past three figures against the HMS Protector XV before officials “lost count”.

Ipswich team manager Paul Tildsley said: “All the Protector lads stayed for the BBQ after the game and went into town after with a few of our lads.

“We loaned them a couple of our players for the game but it wasn’t taken very seriously, it was a bit of fun and the chance to bond with the crew.

“The captain of the ship, Peter Sparkes, was talking about coming back next June.

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“It depends on where they are in the world, but we are hoping we can make it an annual event.”

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