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Lieutenant Colonel Andy Deans – Director of Senior Rugby

Lt Col Andy Deans has been appointed as the ARU Director of Senior Rugby. He brings a wealth of experience to the role having played for Welsh Universities, Northampton Saints and London Scottish. He represented and captained the Army and the Combined Services during the period 1990—96 and is no stranger to the intense preparation required for the Inter Service Championship. Indeed Andy’s ability to ‘think rugby’ coupled with his wide playing experience will provide the ideal combination to work closely with the senior coaching staff and players.

Staff Sergeant Axel Rees – Head Coach

SSgt Axel Rees REME has been appointed Head Coach to the Army Rugby Union Senior XV. Born in Caerphilly, Axel has a valleys approach, looking for uncompromising forward play and adventurous threequarters prepared to attack. As a player he turned out at prop / hooker for Newbridge, Bedwas and Merthyr. He worked for his coaching qualifications in Wales gaining experience with Taff Wells. Amongst others he has coached the Welsh Guards and REME Corps XV and most recently the highly successful Army U23 XV. He believes in a strong team ethos.

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