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Roko in Colorado with England

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Semesa Rokoduguni (Royal Scots Dragoon Guards) has just returned from Denver Colorado where the England squad has been preparing for the Rugby World Cup at a pretty vicious ‘boot camp’. England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster’s men have been put through their paces with a ‘body breaking’ experience where only the fittest of the fittest will have survived. It is Lancaster’s ... Read More »


The Arthur Leyland Harrison VC Cup

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We are proud to announce that the Trophy to be presented to the winners of the IDRC 15 has been named after Lt Cdr Arthur Leyland Harrison VC RN the only England rugby player to have been awarded the Victoria Cross. It is supremely fitting to perpetuate Harrison’s memory at the pinnacle of Armed Forces rugby football. Simply seeing his ... Read More »


The ARU to fund Pitch -Side First Aid course

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The ARU will fund the attendance of one individual per team (2 per unit with two teams) to the Pitch-Side First Aid course below. Successful candidates will receive the following qualifications: RugbyFirst Aid Module QCF Emergency First Aid at Work (Sports specific) Automated External Defibrillator Auto Adrenaline Injection Pen Module – Epipen and Anapen Heartstart The course (12 min/ 24 ... Read More »


Rugby Coaching in Cyprus

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With the kind permission of Lt Col ND Witcombe, Commanding Officer of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) I have once again managed to combine military commitment with the sport I love. (Quiet at the back). As the Army Rugby Unions’ (ARU) Rugby Development Officer my day job consists of rugby full time, keeping abreast of the Rugby Football Union’s ... Read More »


One Hundred Days to Kick Off

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100 DAYS to go until the International Defence Rugby Competition kicks off on Thursday 8 October 2015. The competition hosted by the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force at Portsmouth, Aldershot and RAF Halton has drawn competitors from those rugby giants France, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Georgia will represent ‘the new rugby world’ from Eastern Europe ... Read More »


Army turn the lights off in Newquay

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After six years of heading down the ‘long road West’, the Army 7s ended the last game in the last ever Newquay Surf 7s, defeating a powerful and physical ‘Egg 1′ team 19-0 in the main final. Six years ago, Sky Sports were filming the National Series at Newquay, however for a number of reasons this year was the last ... Read More »


Armed Forces Rugby Coming Home

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International Defence Rugby Championship 2015 The International Defence Rugby Competition 2015 (IDRC 15) will be contested in England from 6th until 29th October. The inaugural competition took place in Australia and New Zealand in 2011. While that was certainly a landmark in the organisation of ‘Defence’ rugby it was not the beginning of the story. Following the First World War ... Read More »


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