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Army 21 pts— RAF 7 The Army U23 team overcame a determined Royal Air Force XV at Aldershot on 26 November. Although this was a ‘dead rubber’ both teams put in a whole-hearted performance for a small but noisy crowd. The tackling warmed a cold Winter night. The Army opened robustly with skipper Parkins at lock, and the back row ... Read More »

Here Begineth The Lesson(s)


Royal Navy 26 — 22 Army The ROYAL NAVY are the 2015 Under -23 Inter Service Champions. The better team on the night beat the Army 26pts-22 at Portsmouth much to the delight of a very vociferous crowd that urged the Navy to claw in every point. It did not have to be that way. The Army, bodies on fire ... Read More »

Remembrance Day Match

Ken Dowding

Bath United 35 pts — Armed Forces 7 The Royal British Legion led a poignant Standards ceremony before the Remembrance Day match at the Recreation, Bath. The quiet thoughts of the Servicemen reflecting silently in the swirling mists gave way to a powerful game of rugby against a Bath United XV comprising Senior Academy and a few 1st XV stars. ... Read More »

Fiji Dazzle in the Drizzle


FIJI are the new Armed Forces World Champions. With a great display of hard clever rugby in murky conditions they beat the British Army at the Stoop by 30 pts—10. But Oh– where were the Fijians who would fumble in the rain, crumble in the tight and stumble across a boggy Stoop. They simply didn’t turn up. For the Army ... Read More »

British Army to take on Fiji


British Army 40 – Defence Blacks 15 The British Army will face the Fiji Armed Forces in the Final of the Defence World Cup at the Harlequins STOOP on Thursday 29th October at 1900 hrs. The Army overcame a spirited New Zealand team in the Semi Finals by 40pts — 15 thanks to a strong performance by a high octane ... Read More »

Army Dynamics Overcome South Africa


British Army 53 – South Africa 17 After a squeaky performance against the French the Army were out to prove their pedigree against a strong South African side with large forwards and lightening backs. Selecting a side restructured via a few injuries Andy Sanger took the opportunity to field a number of ‘futures’. Many had shown up well against Canada ... Read More »

France by a Head


British Army 23 — 24 French Armed Forces The bookies took a hammering when the French Armed Forces overtook the Army at the final hurdle in Aldershot. Whilst local punters didn’t quite demand their money back they will now be a little more reluctant to assume that the Arthur Harrison VC Trophy staying in Aldershot was an odds-on bet. The ... Read More »

Canada Show How Pioneers Do It


Canada put on a great display of true grit, sportsmanship and, in phases, played some enterprising rugby to score the first 6 pts against the British Army in IDRC 15. Coach Blake Edwards has done a remarkable job that, in large passages of play, enabled the CAF to take on a mixture of international, premiership and senior club players and ... Read More »

British Army open with a win


British Army 62 — Australia SRU 0 (nil) “We didn’t really see that coming” said Army Head Coach Andy Sanger when the British Army opened with a 62pts-nil win over the Australian Services Rugby Union at Aldershot. Nor did anyone else! After 20 minutes the Aussies were hammering the Army line and the ‘last trench’ work of the Reds was ... Read More »

2015 Corps Festival Report

Corps Women

The ARU Corps rugby season started with a bang as usual with the inter-Corps festival at Aldershot on Wednesday 16th September 2015. This competition provides coaches an opportunity to blood new players and experiment before the inter-Corps competition starts and this year saw most Corps bring along large squads and get as many players on the pitch as possible. The ... Read More »

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