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With over 20,000 serving Army personnel in Germany we have a thriving and developing rugby community on the continent. British Army (Germany), BA(G) Rugby for short, has an evolving policy of rugby for all. Due to operational commitments flexibility is the key to ensuring rugby does not stagnate and all three component parts of the game are covered centrally – playing, refereeing and coaching. The structure for BAG rugby will remain flexible as we draw down but it is hoped to continue as long as possible in our current vein.

On the representative front regular fixtures take place with emerging nations Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. BA(G) also has a very successful representative Sevens squad which will again play in North West Europe. This year the team took their bow at Essen and will take on all comers at Nivelles in June 23 .

Community rugby remains at the heart of BAG rugby with teams entering the ARU Premiership and Championships this season. The other teams compete in the BAG league and all teams play for the coverted Bangalore Trophy, the BAG rugby cup.


Capt Paul D Jones
Training Officer
1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards
Dempsey Barracks

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Updated: 13 Feb 15

Date Opposition Venue
01 Nov 14 Austria Home
28 Jan 15 Army A Aldershot
14 Mar 15 Luxembourg Luxembourg
Additional Fixtures to be confirmed

British Army (Germany) – Community Rugby Activities

BA(G) has again amended the league structure to run two leagues, one of two conferences;East and West to find the best two teams in BAG to enter the newly formed ARU Championships and a BAG league where the top two will enter the latter stages of ARU Community Cup.

The aim is to give meaningful rugby for all with the best sides making their way to business end of the UK run ARU tournaments. The British Army (Germany) Challenge Cup (BA(G)CC) is the Premier cup competition and this year will be played for over 2 days in a festival of rugby in early April 13. For the units who competed in the BAG league,a further Shield competition will be run in a further festival of rugby.


BAG Dinner RFH Hosted By Wales Hooker Huw Bennett & Sean Holley

The Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess of the QDG was the setting for the British Army Germany (BAG) Rugby’s dinner night in support of Rugby for Heroes (RFH). Over 70 guests were present at the dinner hosted by Mr Sean Holley the former Ospreys Rugby coach. The special guest was Huw Bennett the Welsh Hooker who despite recovering from surgery on his achilles journeyed from Lyon to represent the charity.

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British Bulldogs – Youth team tour

A YOUTH rugby team from Bielefeld are getting ready to embark on an exciting whirlwind trip to the UK, as part of an educational and enjoyable team building exercise . . .

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Top Award For Three BAG Based Rugby Players

After an undefeated season that saw the Army Rugby Union Sevens Team win the inaugural International Defence Rugby (IDR 7s) Sevens title, three BAG based players were awarded their Army Sevens Caps . . .

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BAG swansong for Former Army Skipper Capt Mark Lee AGC

The former Army skipper Capt Mark Lee AGC (ALS) will play his last game in the Services before retiring to become a farmer when he leads British Army Germany XV (BAG) versus a Rugby For Heroes (RFH) XV on Saturday 18 th Aug 12 at Sennelager’s Dempsey Barracks.

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BA(G) Over-run Army ‘A’


British Army (Germany) overcame an Army ‘A’ XV 32pts—12 at Aldershot on the second match of their tour to UK. It was a clear victory for a well drilled team and showed that, despite the run-down, Army rugby is still well represented on the other side of the Channel. Strong performances down the spine of the team allowed centres Joe ... Read More »

BA (G) Rugby has kicked off their season with a win


BA (G) 17 – 16 Austria BA (G) Rugby has kicked off their season on a winning note. Defeating Austria in their inaugural match at Dempsey Barracks, in what was a closely fought affair – the lead changing four times before the final whistle sounded. Initially both sides had equal possession, each backline probing the other with little ground gained ... Read More »

BA(G) v Austria 2014

Game Won BA(G) Clapping Off Austria

BA(G) managed to finish their season on a high with an encouraging 22 – 13 win over Austria in Vienna. However, victory didn’t seem quite so certain until well into the second half. The first half saw the Austrian’s pin BA(G) in their own half with some good kicking from hand. This was not helped by the penalty count against ... Read More »

‘3G’ Allows Army ‘A’ and Germany to show thier paces


In the wettest month for many a moon British Army (Germany) renewed the fixture against an Army ‘A’ XV trawled from a severe bout of Autumn scouting by Coach Axel Rees and his cohorts. Not the mud bath that might have been expected but a fast open contest on the Maidenhead club’s “ultra modern ‘3G’ pitch” such that reputations could ... Read More »

BA(G) v Belgium U23 – 9 Nov 13

Mid game scrum

The squad for BA(G) Rugby’s opening fixture of the season against Belgium U23s was chosen at a trial held in late September, this was followed by a very intense short training camp at Javelin Barracks, Elmpt the day before the game. The team hoped to play a fast open style of rugby, however an extremely heavy pitch meant the team ... Read More »

QDG v 35 Engineer – 2013


An overcast and grey Saturday and the second match in this season’s fixture list saw QDG RFC take on 35 Engineer Regt at their home in Barker Barracks. Brecon-based commitments for a number of the squad were off-set by the return from injury of Captain Duncan Wiggins and the recruitment of Trooper Burnett and Lieutenant Charlie Carter to bolster the ... Read More »

BA(G) Training Day


BA (G) Rugby pre-season training day took place on Saturday 28 Sept 13 at the home of BA (G) Rugby, Dempsey Bks. A total of thirty potential players from all different regiments and battalions turned up to claim their position in the Squad. They were met by the management team, Capt Paul Jones (Director), WOII Rob Lockyer (Manager), SSgt Chris ... Read More »

BA(G) Nivelles 7’s Competition 22 Jun 13

Cfn Sterry QDG LAD takes the ball from the ruck

BRITISH ARMY GERMANY RUGBY entered the annual Nivelles 7’s tournament in Belgium. The team met in Dempsey Bks the home of BA (G) Rugby, due to deployment and Regimental commitments, the squad was shorn of many of its regular players. This gave the Director of Rugby Capt Paul Jones QDG and coaches SSgt (SSI) Chris Williams 3 CS Bn REME ... Read More »

BAG League Title Claimed by 32 Regt RE


The newly structured BAG league which gave the teams below ARU competition level the opportunity to have a separate tournament has been won by Hohne based Sappers. The winners will now be invited to join the ARU Championship next season. They will get their first taste of rugby at the next level when they lock horns with other teams in ... Read More »

Pretty in Pink?

SSgt Rob Jones takes contact

The BAG Veterans rugby team took on a touring team from the UK last weekend in Paderborn in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer at a sunny Dempsey Barracks. The halftime whistle saw the BAG team sitting comfortably on a 31-8 lead but a few changes for both sides led to a more open game and the visitors finally got into ... Read More »

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