N. Bartlett

Born 10 April 1969, Lydney, Gloucestershire


Joint, with fellow prop John Ackerman, 5th most capped Navy Rugby player of all time (23 March 2012). 556th play to be capped by the Royal Navy Rugby Union
20 caps
Played against the Army in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Played against the Royal Air Force in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005


Inter Service Record

Played 20 Won 8 Drew 1 Lost 11
Inter Service Titles 1 plus 1 triple tie

1993 Royal Navy 15 Army 37
1993 Royal Navy 7 Royal Air Force 23
1996 Royal Navy 9 Army 6
1996 Royal Navy 12 Royal Air Force 14
1997 Royal Navy 16 Army 18
1997 Royal Navy 24 Royal Air Force 24
1998 Royal Navy 22 Army 36
1998 Royal Navy 11 Royal Air Force 8
1999 Royal Navy 13 Army 24
2000 Royal Navy 14 Army 32
2001 Royal Navy 31 Army 20
2001 Royal Navy 23 Royal Air Force 3
2002 Royal Navy 13 Army 18
2002 Royal Navy 24 Royal Air Force 19
2003 Royal Navy 16 Army 53
2003 Royal Navy 34 Royal Air Force 27
2004 Royal Navy 16 Army 32
2004 Royal Navy 49 Royal Air Force 5
2005 Royal Navy 15 Army 41
2005 Royal Navy 16 Royal Air Force 24


Ships – Click of Ship Name for more info

HMS Boxer
HMS London
HMS Cornwall



Plymouth Albion




Chief Petty Officer Nick Bartlett Royal Navy captained the Royal Navy for the last four years of his playing career, from 2002 – 2005, where his leadership was often fully tested as the Navy team attempted to keep pace with the ever more professional Army outfit. At the end of the 2002/03 season he was awarded the Royal Navy Rugby Union Cossack Sword as player of the year.

In a long serving rugby career he toured with the Navy on six occasions taking in South Africa twice (1996, 2006), first as a player and then as a coach, New Zealand twice (1991, 2003) including captaining the victorious 2003 Commonwealth Cup side, Australia in 2000 when the Navy first retained the Commonwealth Cup and Canada in 1998. However his first tour with the Royal Navy was not rugby related but involved being deployed to the Gulf War in 1990.

Though playing at a time when first the RAF and then the Army were the most dominant Nick’s eleven Combined Services’ caps show that he was a player respected and valued by all involved with Service rugby. In CS colours he took on three touring International teams namely Argentina, Romania and the Netherlands. Alongside his CS honours he was part of the 2001 Inter Service winning team for the Navy and played in two successful Commonwealth Cups and coached the team to a third success as forwards coach in the 2006/07 season. However he also enjoyed success at Navy Command level with both Plymouth and the Fleet Air.

Away from Navy rugby Nick enjoyed a successful career with civilian rugby including captaining the Lydney side of 2000 that took on the might of Saracens, packed with internationals, in the fourth round of the RFU Knockout Cup. On leaving the Navy Nick remained with Lydney and is now DoR of his home time club.