The Army v Navy Match is arguably the premier Service sporting event of the
year. With a history dating back to 1878 and official matches from 1907, the day
at Twickenham is now a doubleheader as both the men and the women of the
British Army and Royal Navy battle for their respective Babcock Trophies.
Jarred Hayer is an Emsworth boy who started playing rugby at Havant FC when
he was 6 years old. After finishing his A levels he played rugby in South Africa at the
Western Province Rugby Institute before heading back to the UK and becoming a
Royal Marines Commando.
Jarred has played for various teams including Plymouth, Taunton and Saracens but
currently playing rugby with the Championship side Cornish Pirates. This is his
second year as captain of the Royal Navy rugby team and he’s been part of the set
up since 2015, including the interservice win in 2016.
On the win, Jarred said ‘It’s a pretty surreal experience which hasn’t quite sunk in
yet. An amazing experience and something we haven’t done in 13 years so it’s a
momentous achievement for us!’
‘I love heading down to Emsworth and my favourite pub, The Blue Bell Inn, with my Dad Mark, as it has a warm home-like feel and the beer & food is always top-notch. My favourite pint is a Peroni Nastro Azzurro!’
Another sporting success for Emsworth!