6 October 2011
The NZ Defence Force rugby team kick started their challenge for the IDRC championship in commanding style and sent out a clear message to other teams in the competition that they aim to go all the way. The comprehensive victory over the Royal Air Force by 58 – 0 in Sydney yesterday bode well for the team’s first goal of winning their pool with the RAF and Papua New Guinea.
Major Ross James, the NZDF team Manager said “The game was played in good spirit with the team playing with confidence and displaying high skill levels. The forwards laid a stable platform at set piece and the outside backs showed some good speed”.
The team built up to the tournament with a warm up game against the Randwick RFC who welcomed the team to Australia. It was a big occasion with the NZDF team running out final victors in a hard fought 18 – 10 game on the 28th September.
The IDRC kicked off proper on 1 October with the first round games being played as follows;
· Royal Navy 73 – Australia Federal Police 0
· Tongan Defence Services 59 – Peoples Liberation Army China 12
· Royal Air Force 73 – Papua New Guinea 0
· British Army 33 – Samoa Police 10
NZDF Coach Pita Lloyd was happy enough with their first pool game performance. “Its great to finally get our campaign underway and pleasing we have started with a good win. We played with some flare at times but there are aspects of our game that need work if we want to progress into the quarter finals and beyond. Our focus now turns to Papua New Guinea. They may have lost to the RAF but we have a healthy respect for them and won’t take them lightly. For us it is still one game at a time” he said.
The team’s next game is against PNG on the 9th October.
For NZDF: Tries Aaron James x 3, Vinnie Salmon, Mike Coom, Fran Woodmass, Grant Robson, Paul Davis and Bryce Hesselin. Marcus Speck 4 conversions, 1 penalty, Matty Anker 1 conversion
For further information please contact Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki, NZDF IDRC Communications Manager, on 04 496 0294 or 021 420 899.
· Photo 0505 – Sapper Matty Anker offloads to Private Taniela Tali with Lance Corporal Jeremy Bush and Corporal Emori Lodoviko in support.
· Photo 0573 – Able Marine Technician Karl Furey off loads to Sapper Paul Davis with Corporal Aaron James in support who went on to score the try.
· Photo NZDF Haka DSC_0636.JPG NZDF Team does the haka before the warm up game against the Randwick RFC.
· NZDF Team Photo 030.jpg Opening Ceremony Team Photo in Sydney.
1. You can support the NZDF Rugby team in their quest for international defence force rugby supremacy on their Facebook page “NZDF Rugby – International Defence Force Competition” and at www.irdc2011.com.
2. It is hoped the tournament will continue every four years hosted by a different nation, along side the Rugby World Cup tournaments.
3. IDRC Programme in NZ 15 – 24 Oct 2011.
· 15 Oct:Top four teams arrive Whenuapai Air Force Base
· 17 Oct:Powhiri Welcome at the Navy Marae, Devonport Naval Base. Media will be invited to attend.
· 18 Oct:Semis Finals North Shore RFC
· 1300 – 1430hrs Semi Final One
· 1500 – 1630hrs Semi Final Two
· 22 Oct:Finals at Auckland University RFC
· 1300 – 1430hrs Bronze Final
· 1500 – 1630hrs IDRC Final
· 1730hrs Presentations
· 24 Oct: Teams depart Whenuapai for Australia and then onto their respective countries.
4. The South African Defence Force has pulled out of the competition and been replaced by a Canberra Barbarians team.