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About the Army Rugby Union

The Army Rugby Union (ARU) was formed in 1906 and has continued for over a hundred years to provide an infrastructure for the playing of rugby union within the British Army. Its aim is to promote and foster the game of Rugby Union within the Army and its local communities in accordance with the Laws of the Game promulgated by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The ARU is a Registered Charity (Number 245517) and its day-to-day administration is conducted by a small secretariat based at Aldershot. There are several committees responsible for the various aspects of the management of Army Rugby. The ARU is part of the Army Sport Control Board (ASCB).

We encourage membership of the ARU under the Individual Membership Scheme (IMS).

Chairman’s Foreword

Major General WJF Bramble CBE (Late RA)

Maj Gen WF Bramble

Welcome to the Army Rugby Union 2017/18 Season.

Looking back at last season we witnessed some incredible Service rugby moments. The 100th Army v Navy match at Twickenham sold out in 4 days and was a truly fantastic day for everyone involved, which was an historic game of competitive rugby, culminating in an Army win and with 500 people from Army and Royal Navy past and present respectively enjoying a joint celebratory dinner. The Army v Royal Air Force senior men’s match at Aldershot was a titanic battle; supported by a large vocal crowd the Reds ran out winners 35-14. The Army Women, in their 20th anniversary year, defeated both the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force; the latter at Aldershot being the most competitive women’s Inter Service match ever. To be undefeated in the Women’s Inter Service Competition since its conception is an outstanding achievement.

Moving forward to the 2017/18 season, the ARU is working hard to ensure that the conditions are set for success, now and in the future. At every level the ARU strives to ensure that we enhance Army, on and off the pitch. Your Management Board continues to develop Rugby at all levels to ensure that soldiers and officers are given the opportunity to exploit their potential as player, coach and official, or in an administrative or medical capacity.

The considerable investment in Community Rugby over the last few years is continuing to have an enormous impact; we now have over 90 units playing regular competitive rugby. Credit must go the unit rugby officers and our grass root players for committing to ensure our Community Premiership and Championship leagues are recognised widely as highly successful events. Our Chair of Community Rugby and his Premiership and Corps Chairmen have worked diligently to ensure we get the best possible competitions available.

The Army Rugby Union Referee Society has put considerable effort into developing our match officials. High quality trainers and appointers ensure we get the right referees and assistants to the right level of matches; last year they appointed over 570 officials and had 152 match observer reports.

Our Coaching team with the Rugby Development Officer have trained over 75 unit level coaches so far this year in the UK, Germany and Cyprus, and pitch side first aid courses have ensured we remain SHEP compliant in line with the Governing Body guidelines.

The representative teams have produced some superb results over the last season. The Senior XV made history travelling to Spain where they played the Russian National side, just coming up short 27 – 21. They went on to beat the RAF and then win the 100th Army v Navy match with another sell-out crowd at Twickenham, securing the Inter-Services Competition. The Women’s fifteen have capped off another competitive season with a win against the French Navy and German National side. Our Masters team have again defied their age level and played highly entertaining games to win the Masters Inter Services Championship. Our Academy have produced the stepping stones for the young players to gain valuable experience before they move to the A and senior team. The 7s team have again travelled the length and breadth of the UK and came runners up in the GB super series, beating the ‘best of the best’.

Together the Army Rugby Union is heading in the right direction with pride and passion. We have a very solid foundation, strongly contested competitions, a well-structured coaching organisation and a dedicated group of developing referees. We look forward to playing a style of rugby that represents the true ethos of soldiering, combining team work, selfless commitment, courage and respect for our opposition. Please get engaged and follow the progress of our teams on their relevant pages.

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