It's much quieter these days (at least for us back home) so this one passed me by last week:
Combined Services v Barbarians: Royal Navy technician flown back from Afghanistan for Remembrance Match
Daily Telegraph 11 Nov 2013 said:Royal Navy lock Marsh Cormack has been given a week's leave from his duties in Afghanistan so he can play in the showpiece match which raises money every year for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Marsh Cormack has been allowed a short break from active service in Afghanistan to play for the Combined Services against the Barbarians in the Remembrance Match at Plymouth on Tuesday night. The Royal Navy lock, an air engineering technician, has been granted a week’s leave to return to England to play in the fixture, a showpiece for services rugby, which will honour fallen comrades and raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
“Marsh has taken a week’s leave to fly home and play in this match which shows his commitment to Combined Services rugby and how much this match means,” Doc Cox, the Combined Services director of rugby, said. “Quite a few of the squad have seen service in Afghanistan, we all know people who have not made it home so it is a very poignant fixture.”...