The Cossack Sword was presented to the Royal Navy Rugby Union by former player and selector, Captain Leigh Merrick Royal Navy and first awarded in 2000. The sword is for “Ground Gained and Held” and awarded at the end of each season to the player, from the Royal Navy Senior XV, whose performances over the course of the season best meet the battling qualities invoked by the heritage of the “Cossack Warrior”. Leigh Merrick won 14 caps between 1968 and 1979 winning the Inter Service title twice in 1970 and 1974. Leigh was the 407th player to represent the . . .
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