Glasgow Hawks to take on Royal Navy in charity match

Glasgow Hawks player and RN player Paddy Boyer from the RN and Matt Harvey of Glasgow Hawks at Glasgow Hawks Ground (Glasgow, 24.02.17).

GLASGOW HAWKS will entertain the Royal Navy’s Senior XV at Old Anniesland next Wednesday evening (8th March) in a charity match to raise money for the Craig Hodgkinson Trust and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.


The Craig Hodgkinson Trust is named after the former Royal Marine and Hawks player who tragically died playing rugby for the Royal Navy from an unknown cardiac defect. It’s purpose is to provide defibrillator equipment to sports teams, clubs and communities across the UK. The Trust’s aim is to save as many of the 1,500 lives lost to cardiac arrest outside hospitals each year as possible.

Please click on image above to donate to this worthy cause.

Craig’s parents, Diane and John Hodgkinson, will present a trophy in their son’s name to the winning team on the night. The teams last met in 2007 when they contested a memorial match for Craig.

This is the fourth of seven preparation matches the Navy will play as they prepare for the 2017 Inter Service competition against the Army and RAF in April.

“Hawks are delighted to renew our friendship with Royal Navy rugby and there is a great deal of excitement about the match which follows our Scottish Cup quarter final against Gala on 4th March,” said Hawks’ director of rugby Kenny Hamilton.

“Because of the significance of the match we will be competing for a specially created Craig Hodgkinson Trophy on the night. That spirit of competition and friendship is the most appropriate tribute we can pay and we are looking forward to an enjoyable night,” he added.

“The Royal Navy is numerically the largest armed service in Scotland. Scotland is also home to some of the most important Royal Navy assets in the country and this match is just one small way that we can say thank you to our communities for their enduring support,” said Rear Admiral John Weale, Scotland’s most senior Royal Navy Officer.

For more details please contact –

·       Sarah Oakley – RNRU Director of Communications; tel: 07802 403280; email:; or go to

·       Kenneth Hamiliton – Glasgow Hawks Director of Rugby; email:

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