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Mission Statement

The Academy develops young players for future Army teams.

The Under 23s (U23) team mission is: “To win the Inter-Service Championships Year on Year and to produce at least 3 players that are of a level that they are able to train with the Senior XV post Christmas.”


Updated: 17 Oct 2016

Date Opponents Venue Result
03 – 04 Sept 16 Trials Brunswick Camp  
17 Sept 16 Training Brunswick Camp  
18 Sept 16 Hampshire U20 Aldershot L 15 – 24
15 Oct 16 Training Brunswick Camp  
16 Oct 16 Ealing Ealing L 24 – 27
29 Oct 16 London Scottish Richmond  
30 Oct 16 Training Brunswick Camp  
9 – 25 Nov Training Camp Brunswick Camp  
11 Nov 16 UHRUFC Aldershot  
16 Nov 16 Royal Navy Aldershot  
23 Nov 16 Royal Air Force RAF Halton  




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 »

Champion Stuff from Army U23

Ryan Lewis

The Army U23 defeated the RAF U23 on 28 November to retain the Inter Service Championship. It wasn’t always clear cut as the Airmen showed skills in attack and vigour in defence. With wise words from the dressing room still buzzing in their ears the Army opened at a high tempo. Skipper Ross Parkins (RE) and No8 Ryan Lewis (Rifles) ... Read More »

Army U23 Half Way There

Ryan Lewis power play

Army U23 – 34 V Royal Navy U23 – 12 The Army overcame a tough and determined Royal Navy XV at Aldershot in their first match of the 2014 U23 Inter Services Championship. The victory by 34 pts—12 underlined a comfortable mathematical margin but, in reality the matelots might have made it closer. During the early salvoes they retained the ... Read More »

Just Champion


Army U23 39 – RAF 3 Champions Job well done and a just reward for hard graft from units, the players, coaches and managers. Flashes of true rugby characterized this very successful Army performance. Much of the play on a cold November night kept the pack warm with serial boshing, sometimes at the expense of the firepower on the overlap. ... Read More »

Army Draw First Blood at Pompey


The Army U23 side drew first blood beating the Navy by 25 pts – 14 in the opening round of the Under 23 Inter Services challenge at Portsmouth. The Army victory owed much to a mature performance by the pack where flanker and skipper Rob Burnell (Coldstream Guards) led his eight from the point. Successive well supported drives deep into ... Read More »

Academy look good at Sexey’s


Following the Army Academy trials weekend at the Army Rugby Stadium Aldershot Director of Rugby Lt Col Trevor Cottee had much to be pleased with. Over 50 new players turned up to show their skills off to the coaching staff and after a intensive three days a difficult selection process followed. The coaching staff had not called the ‘well know’ ... Read More »

Keep Calm – Finish the Job


The Army U23 played open rugby and scored three excellent tries against the Royal Navy at Aldershot on 23 November. The Navy fought hard and were numerically never out of range. First class Navy kicking by Davies and the award of a try in the closing moments meant a 17 pts all draw. This gave the matelots an unbeaten Inter ... Read More »

Army Claim U23 Title in Style


Royal Navy 9pts—Army 24 pts The Army U23 team overpowered a spirited Royal Navy 24 pts—9 at Burnaby Road Portsmouth on 2 December. This was a truly whole-hearted performance in drenching rain which, following the 10pts—5 victory against the RAF, sealed the 2011 Inter Services Championship. Tight head prop Cameron McLaren (RE) commanding the Lion King position was in dominating ... Read More »

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