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Territorial Army Rugby History

History

The origins of Territorial Army (TA) rugby lay in the 1860’s Volunteer Movement, which involved the raising of Volunteer Rifle regiments committed to defending the country. These newly formed regiments encouraged the playing of sports to improve fitness and in 1908 were formed into Territorial Army units.

In 1931 the TA formed their first reprsentative team to take on their Regular counterparts. These contests continued until the out break of the Second World War (1939-45) and resumed after the war in 1949.

For the 50th anniversary match in 1981 the two sides met at Twickenham for a new BP Challenge Trophy, of which the Army became the first winners by 20 points to 11.

Territorial Army v Army Statistics

 

Year Winners Points Runners up Points
1931 Territorial Army 10 Army 9
1932 Army 19 Territorial Army 5
1933 Army 23 Territorial Army 11
1934 Army 12 Territorial Army 6
1935 Army 18 Territorial Army 3
1936 Territorial Army 0 Army 0
1937 Army 8 Territorial Army 6
1938 Territorial Army 17 Army 9
1939 Territorial Army 13 Army 3
Year Winners Points Runners up Points
1940-1948 No games played due to Second World War
1949 Army 20 Territorial Army 3
Year Winners Points Runners up Points
1950 No match
1951 Army 20 Territorial Army 5
1952 Army 15 Territorial Army 5
1953 Army 13 Territorial Army 6
1954 Army 23 Territorial Army 8
1955 Army 6 Territorial Army 0
1956 Army 13 Territorial Army 8
1957 Army 8 Territorial Army 3
1958 Army 11 Territorial Army 8
1959 Territorial Army 8 Army 6
Year Winners Points Runners up Points
1960 Army 22 Territorial Army 8
1961 Army 24 Territorial Army 9
1962 Army 21 Territorial Army 6
1963 Territorial Army 11 Army 8
1964 Territorial Army 13 Army 12
1965 Army 15 Territorial Army 0
1966 Territorial Army 6 Army 3
1967 Army 19 T & AVR 3
1968 Army 11 T & AVR 9
1969 Cancelled
Year Winners Points Runners up Points
1970 Army 37 T & AVR 9
1971 Army 79 T & AVR 3
1972 Army 11 T & AVR 4
1973 Army 17 T & AVR 11
1974 Army 37 T & AVR 6
1975 Army 26 T & AVR 6
1976 Cancelled
1977 Army 18 T & AVR 10
1978 Army 36 T & AVR 10
1979 Territorial Army 12 Army 0
Year Winners Points Runners up Points
1980 Territorial Army 10 Army 7
1981 Army 20 Territorial Army 11
1982 Army 13 Territorial Army 3
1983 Army 40 Territorial Army 0
1984 Army 35 Territorial Army 0
1985 Cancelled
1986
1987
1988
1989

 

Source
McLaren Lt Col J: The History of Army Rugby (Aldershot, The Army RFU, 1986)

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