Back in the Summer of 2014, #rugbyunited teamed up with the Forces Exiles, an invitational team that play rugby to support the vital work of a charity called Forces Support (www.forcessupport.org.uk) for them to become our resident rugby team.
The aim of the partnership was to allow #rugbyunited to field teams at a range of competitions and events we get invited to, and in return, we could help grow the reputation of the Forces Exiles rugby team and provide vital marketing to the Forces Support charity in getting their name out there to attract vital funds!
So, November arrived and the Forces Exiles played a hard fought Autumn series against some tough opposition, testing themselves at the highest level of Amateur domestic Rugby, and #rugbyunited were on hand to send four lucky players in to the games with brand new boots from Canterbury who wanted their thoughts on their latest products!
The Exiles performed excellently across both games coming away with 2 hard fought victories and played some sublime running rugby in the process!!
Caerphilly RFC 19 v 36 Forces Exiles
Victory over Welsh national leagues side Caerphilly RFC, a former giant of Welsh club rugby who have played at the highest level in Europe and have had countless welsh Internationals pull on the shirt, The Exiles provided a master class in running rugby, that the Valleys out fit couldn't cope with - a flattering score line of 35-0 to the exiles deep into the second period, with a host of changes allowed Caerphilly to take something from the match, and give the Exiles a lesson that games last 80 mins and they must play out the whole game and not lose concentration and dig in until the end.
Wales Deaf 19 – 15 Forces Exiles
The following Friday saw A warm reception for the Forces Exiles at the Iconic St.Helens stadium in Swansea, this week Wales Deaf Rugby we're the hosts, it's a well known fact that Wales deaf are the current World champions in deaf Rugby having beaten NZ in the previous World Cup final.
Wales Deaf from the very off we're a completely different challenge to the side we faced at Caerphilly, the size of the Wales pack was something we'd not come accross before, and with some players in there who have played regional rugby they players knew they we're in for a tough night, a din dong affair in the first half saw the scoreline 8-5to the Wales Deaf, with some stern half time talk from coaches Dean Ronan and Nev Roberts the Exiles came out firing and the backs spreading the ball saw 2 tries in succession to take the score to 19-8 and give the exiles chance to close out the game which they did admirably. A late try in Injury time saw Wales Deaf Bring the scores closer, and again in something the Exiles will need to work on as they progress to bigger games.
Canterbury Boot Review
During our Autumn series some of the Exiles players we're very lucky to be asked by our great friends at #rugbyunited and Canterbury NZ to road test some of their newest range of rugby boots!
Here’s the players that wore them, an honest review and the latest boot images supplied by Canterbury!
Jethro Haines - FH/FB - Testing CCC Speed Elite
Look: Love the fluorescent look to these boots, they really stand out on the pitch, all the boys at my club love them, and as a 10, we do like to look good!
Comfort: I'm not the biggest 10 in the world and have long narrow feet, but these boots complement this well. As with some other boots they can be a bit wise, but I foud these really comfortable to pull straight on.
Performance: Lightweight for that extra yard of pace or aiding a good sidestep, no problems with kicking in them either! Top end performance from a top boot!
Overall thoughts: Perfect for myself and the outside backs, the light weight on this boot would also make it perfect for our wingers.
Damion Huggins - C - Testing CCC Control Professional
Look: Good looking boot with a nice design. Only negative point is that they look a bit plastic even though they are not.
Comfort: One of the most comfortable boots I have ever worn!!!
I took them straight from the box and put them straight on for a game, very comfortable and no rubbing what so ever.
Performance: Performance was great, nice for kicking and I like the fact that there is not a fold over tongue to get in the way!
Overall thoughts: My overall thought are they are great boots and I would definitely recommend them to other players.
Lewis Tutt - BR - Testing CCC Stampede Elite
Look: Nice looking boot, good twist on a traditional look with the fluorescent and black theme, not as flash as the boys in the backs but that's no problem to me!
Comfort: You can tell it's a top end boot straight away, from the feel of it when you pull them on, the only small thing I would say is the fit may be designed for the bigger player as is quite wide.
Performance: Performance was faultless, great mix of grip and durability and support, exactly what us forwards need when scrummaging or hitting the contact area.
Overall thoughts: Top end boot, you can see that straight away, would definitely buy a pair from the range if not this one, just due to the wider fit.
James Angove - H/BR - Testing - CCC Pheonix Elite
Look: As a grafter on the pitch I don't like my boots to stand out to much, and like to get on and do all the hard work quietly and not draw to much attention, which is why I chose these, classic CCC look - with an awesome twist with the bright laces! Love them!
Comfort: The single most comfortable pair of boots I've ever owned, fit like a glove!
Performance: Performance was awesome, right mix of lighter weight and grip support doing what they needed to do.
Overall thoughts: The best pair of boots I've owned, looking at them online I can see they are popular and the reviews are similar in standard.
On behalf of Forces Exiles, and #rugbyunited, thanks for the support of Canterbury NZ providing these boots and to the Forces Exiles players that missed out on the boots this time, #rugbyunited may have a little surprise coming for you for your next tour!!
Forces Exiles are next in action in February, give them a follow on @forcesexiles to keep up to date with their rugby plans!