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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 OBE (Late RA)

Major General WJF Bramble CBE OBE (Late RA)

Welcome to the Army Rugby Union (ARU) 2015/2016 Season.

I have been a member of the ARU Management Board for 3 years as Director of Senior Rugby and I have now the privilege to act as Chairman for this season whilst our Chairman (Maj Gen Will Bramble) is deployed to Kabul until May 2016.

I have been continually impressed with dedication of all those involved in ARU business at whatever level. Your Management Board is committed to developing Rugby at all levels throughout the Army. As a Union, we strive to ensure that soldiers and officers are given the opportunity to exploit their potential as a player, a coach or in an administrative or medical capacity. The ARU has worked hard to ensure that the conditions are set for success this season and in the future. Whatever role we have, we should ensure that we endeavour to leave Army Rugby in a better place than when we started.

The ARU is developing each year and the investment in Community Rugby has flourished considerably over the last few years, we now have over 70 units playing regular rugby and a more effective coaching and development system. This is part of a deliberate strategy and considerable financial investment is reaping its rewards. At the highest level we are improving our representation at international, professional and elite levels. The ARU brand is strong throughout the UK and abroad. It is the Management Board’s responsibility that resources are distributed and utilised in an efficient manner to achieve success today and in the future.

This season is a hugely exciting season. The approach of the Rugby World Cup and the International Defence Rugby Competition in the UK means that our great game will be in the spotlight. It presents all elements of the ARU the opportunity to bring new players into the fold and to encourage past players to realise what they are missing, to get involved again and rekindle old friendships. It is a chance to support the best of Army Rugby, encourage excellence and inspire members of the Army to become involved in Rugby.

May I wish all players and supporters of rugby in the Army a very enjoyable season and success to the teams that represent their Unit, their Corps and the Army.

Colonel Andy Deans MBE

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