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Playing Rugby Union at Unit Level

  1. Playing rugby for a Regimental/ Battalion club with friends and colleagues is a satisfying experience which, for many, lasts a lifetime. The most effective club is the one that is best administered. The work involved takes time and effort, probably from many volunteers. All those concerned should make themselves fully acquainted with this Handbook and understand where to find information in RFU publications.
  2. The standards you set reflect directly upon the unit itself and upon Army rugby when dealing with RFU or civilian Constituent Bodies or Clubs. The Officer IC Rugby is responsible to the Commanding Officer for the constitution of the club standards of play, administration and discipline of players and spectators both during a match and at other rugby gatherings. He in return will depend on the Club Secretary for accurate and timely administration.
  3. From the outset, it is important for you to know what sort of club your unit wants, where your emphasis should lie – victory in the Army Cup, a social XV, or a blend of the two. This will temper ambition and particularly finance.
  4. Within this Handbook it is not possible to cover all aspects of Club Management, nor can we cover any single subject in depth. An ‘Aide Memoire’ for those committed to Unit rugby is posted on the ARU web-site (www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk). To gain a deeper understanding, those involved in Club administration should visit the ARU website and look under the administration section, the RFU web-sites also provides a raft of useful information
  5. The first, most important task of a Rugby Officer is to ensure that the Unit’s teams have the mandatory insurance by affiliating to the Army Rugby Union and RFU, and comply with the Army FRAGO 01 to OPO 14-002 – The Army’s approach to risk to life – Sport and Adventurous training dated 3 Sept 14.
  6. TEAMS CANNOT TRAIN OR PLAY RUGBY WITHOUT INSURANCE COVER

  7. It is important to note that full RFU Insurance cover for death and total permanent disability is only open to teams that have affiliated to the RFU/ARU. Once affiliated, clubs are covered for all teams ie: 2nds/3rds Women’s XV and all other occasional teams such as seven’s inter mess or Coy/Bty/Sqn.
  8. If you train or play uninsured you risk: a civil action for culpable negligence in the event a player is seriously injured or dies. Additionally, you cannot use Army training facilities or pitches, nor will you be able to obtain match officials through ARU Referees Society or any other agency.
  9. If you are organizing a leisure rugby event at your club/unit, you must inform the Secretary ARU to ensure the correct insurance cover is in place, this is done at nil cost to the club/unit.
  10. 9. All clubs are reminded that it is the duty of the organizing officer to insure that a risk assessment is carried out and recorded prior to all rugby events in compliance with the Army Duty Holding FRAGO and found on the Health and Safety page of the website
  11. If you have any doubts regarding insurance or other health and safety or any other issue, please contact the ARU secretariat 01252 787081 or 94222 7081.

Unit Rugby Officers have an important role to play in Community Rugby and therefore should be familiar with:

MATCH REPORTS

Mobbs Memorial Match: Northampton Saints 54 British Army 21

Northampton Saints emerged from a thrilling Mobbs Memorial Match with victory, as they scored eight tries to the British Army’s three to win 54-21 at Franklin’s Gardens. Over 2,000 people in attendance were treated to a keenly contested battle, with 75 points combined after both sides paid their respects to Saints’ fallen servicemen before a ball was kicked. And on ... Read More »


Army Masters v Scottish Police 21 Mar 18

A comfortable win for the Army Masters against a stunned Scottish Police side. 58-7 On a bitterly cold March afternoon just outside Glasgow on a 3G pitch the Army Masters took on the Scottish Police. This fixture would be the final fixture before the Inter Services game against the Royal Air Force on the 11 April at RAF Halton. This ... Read More »


Army v RAF Short Summary

The first round of the 2018 Babcock Inter Service matches took place at RAF Halton earlier this week in this the Royal Air Force’s 100th year. Results from the matches were as follows; Army Masters 59 – 8 RAF Vultures Army Women 10 – 0 RAF Women Army 19 – 20 RAF Congratulations to all involved in a fantastic display ... Read More »


ARU(W) v BARBARIANS – SAT 17 MAR 18

The Army Women’s Team were honoured to host the Barbarians Women at the Army Rugby Stadium in what was only the BaaBaas second ever game and their first on UK soil. The game looked in doubt as snow fell on the morning of the game, but the pitch held up well and the game was able to go ahead. The ... Read More »


Army Masters V Torbay Sharks 23 Feb 18 (Final Score 17-0)

On a very cold windy evening at Paignton RFC, Devon, the Army Masters were in unchartered waters as they took on an unknown Torbay Sharks side. This fixture was always going to be a test for the Masters as the Sharks were out to ‘sink their teeth’ into the Masters after last year’s defeat in Aldershot. Knowing that the Sharks ... Read More »


Match Summaries

Rain ….Mud…..(Repeat) 3 REDS in action across the South in atrocious conditions…….. Three Army representative Teams were in action last night; the Women at Aldershot against England U20s; the A Team at Esher and the Men in East London against the British Police. It didn’t matter where you were, you would have watched three Army teams splash and splosh their ... Read More »


RICHMOND HEAVIES VS ARMY MASTERS

Friday 2 February 2018 Rosslyn Park On a dry, cool and windless evening the Army Masters lined up for only their second full fixture after trails matches held before Christmas. This now traditional fixture versus the experienced Richmond Heavies is normally the last fixture of the regular season before the start of their defence of the Inter Services Crown. However ... Read More »


Army v Oxford University and Nottingham Rugby

Army REDS take a very large step forward. Army Rugby Union Head Coach Captain Andy Sanger MBE always knew when he planned the 2018 season that the first week in February would be one that by 1400hrs on Saturday 3rd he would have a better understanding of who was putting their hand up higher than others to be in his ... Read More »


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