Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Royal Navy players join Plymouth Albion for pre-season training


PLYMOUTH Albion boss Graham Dawe is leaving no stone unturned as he searches for talent on his doorstep.

Dawe, trying to rebuild Albion following their relegation to National One and much-publicised financial problems, has already invited a host of West Country youngsters to train with them during the summer, including Ivybridge’s George de Mendonca and Plymstock Albion Oaks’ Jordan Shakespeare.

Now he has also invited city-based Royal Navy players Seti Raumakita and Jarrard Hayler to join them for pre-season training with a view to possibly signing for the club.

The Royal Marine pair are both back-row forwards, with Fijian-born Raumakita the Navy’s first choice open-side flanker.

Raumakita has been recommended by former city-based serviceman Josh Drauniniu, who is now at London Welsh.

“They are putting their hands up to be included in the squad,” said director of rugby Dawe. “If they show up well in warm-up games then we could register them.”

Dawe used to coach the Navy rugby side and Albion have always welcomed servicemen.

During his first spell at Albion, Dawe used a number of Navy players, like Gareth Evans, Dan Parkes, Andy Perry, Nick Bartlett and Jason Lockley.


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