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 while for the first time we will welcome teams from Canada and Japan who coincidentally ensure that each of the World’s Continents are on parade.
Beyond ‘ANZ’ Tonga and Fiji are said to be travelling with confidence and will certainly give the larger nations a true run for their money.
Launching the ‘100 Day’ landmark on the Poop deck of HMS Victory Neil Snowball Chief Operating Officer Rugby World Cup 2015 welcomed the IDRC as a key contribution to the nationwide Festival of Rugby taking place at the time of the Rugby World Cup. He said “These are high class teams who will help create a fantastic rugby atmosphere across the nation”.
Now and every day until the final at the Twickenham Stoop on 29th October rugby is on countdown. The holders of the IDRC title are the British Army who ‘just know’ that the competition is going to be fierce. British Army coach Andy Sanger said “It is a period of testing and readiness. We are aware the overseas teams from France to Fiji will play completely different brands of rugby and will arrive in peak condition. Understanding that and the very clear message that some very good teams will not advance beyond the group stages rams home the fact that we really do have a fight on our hands”.