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Mission Statement

“To win the annual Inter-Services’ Championships and to perform at the highest level in other Masters rugby competitions whilst representing the British Army”.

Director’s Foreword

I am delighted and thrilled to have been selected as Director Masters Rugby and now have the chance to support an organisation and team that has given me possibly some of the most competitive, fun filled rugby of my playing career to date; if I can encourage anybody who loves rugby and has played at a decent level to give it a go then they should aspire to waling out onto a pitch on a warm spring morning clad in the red of the Army and about to do battle with the Navy. There is simply nothing to compare.

Gin and Tonic rugby it is not, and the passion and ferocity that it is played with by fit serviceman their late 30s would put many a professional sportsman to shame.

Whilst winning is important though, we the Masters, like to embrace an ethos of the non professional era with regards the camaraderie and fun that perhaps is now missing from senior level rugby, whilst at the same time aspiring to be the best players we can possibly be and compete at the highest level. Testament to that ethos and effort is our current title as World Masters Rugby Champions and the style and great fun had in securing this vaunted title. You’ll never know until you’ve tried it, so ask yourself what you are waiting for if rugby truly is your life!

  • Are you a committed, dedicated and selfless team member?
  • Are you serving, over 35 and still playing good rugby?
  • Have you played rugby to a minimum of Corps standard regularly?

If yes or you would like to know more details of the Army Veterans’ game please contact the Assistant Director Masters XV at graham.quant202@mod.uk.

Calling Notice World Masters Game(WMG)
World Masters Game (WMG) Annex A

News

Army Masters invited to take part in Bermude International Classics Tournament: 9 – 16 Nov 2014 – Click here to read more

Fixtures

Updated: 13 Apr 2015

Date Opponents/Event Venue Result
25 Sept 14 TBC TBC  
21 – 22 Oct 14 TBC Aldershot  
12 Nov 14 Atlanta National Sports Stadium, Bermuda KO 19:30
15 Nov 14 Bermuda National Sports Stadium, Bermuda KO 19:30
04 – 05 Dec 14 Poss v Probs Aldershot  
14 Jan 15 Prison Service Vets Aldershot WIN 44 – 17
21 – 21 Feb 15 Kew Occasionals TBC WON – 45 – 31
18 – 22 Mar 15 Welsh Select Wales WON 24 – 10
9 – 10 Apr 15 Richmond Heavies Richmond LOST 20 – 18
30 Apr 15 RAF Vultures Aldershot  
09 May 15 Ancient Mariners Kneller Hall  

Team Captain – Warrant Officer 2 Neil Griffiths

 

 

 

I transferred to the SASC in 1992 and represented the Army in Scotland and Infantry Rugby team.

On commissioning to the AAC in 2005 I’ve had the pleasure of playing for my Corps and for a period of time I was the Corps Secretary.

I’ve represented the Army Master for about 8 Years on and off and had the honour of leading the team during the World Masters Rugby tournament in 2013, which we currently hold the title.

It has been a massive privilege to be selected and to lead the Army Masters team during the 2013/14 session and can’t think of a better way of finishing off either my Army career or my last session playing with the Masters.

Contact details:
Contact through the ARU

MATCH REPORTS

Richmond Heavies vs Army Masters

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Friday 10 April 2015 Richmond Athletic ground On a dry pleasant evening the Army Masters lined up for their last fixture of the regular season before the start of their defence of the Inter Services Crown against a experienced Richmond Veterans team, who have in their ranks players who have played at a high level. The final score of 20-18 ... Read More »


Army Masters vs. Kew Occasionals

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On a slightly overcast cold but dry day the Army Masters lined up against a youthful Kew Occasional side at the Richmond Athletic Ground. Early on and some infringements by the Masters means there is a lack of fluency in their play. Pte Bunny Burenivalu lights up this early phase of the game with some sharp strong breaks craving open ... Read More »


Army Give Students a Lesson

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Army 62 pts—Cambridge University 10 THE ARMY fielded a mixture of senior players and ‘freshers’ to beat Cambridge 62pts-10 at Aldershot on 28 January. Coach Andy Sanger said “some new faces but it was vital to give young players a show at the earliest opportunity to meet the challenges of the Inter Services. The first twenty minutes was intense. The ... Read More »


Army Masters 44 vs HM prison Service 17

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On a wet cold Wednesday night at the Army Rugby Stadium in Aldershot a new look Army Masters team with 11 changes from last season’s team took to the pitch to face a HM Prison side. The traditional first fixture of the New Year always has a bit of spice and this was no different, the HMP with a sprinkling ... Read More »


British Army Masters 32 – Bermuda Barbarians 12

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The Army Masters finished the weeks tour in fine style with a win over the local Bermuda Barbarians side at the international classic competition final day. Both sides had been turned over by the Atlanta Renegades and we’re both looking to finish the week on a high. Like the game from mid-week the Army started strong with CSgt Scotty Sutton ... Read More »


Atlanta Renegades – 19 V British Army Masters – 10

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The Army Masters arrived in Bermuda on Sunday evening and after a number of military engagements which included taking part in the Bermuda Remembrance day parade it was time to get down to the serious business of some rugby at the national stadium in the Bermuda capital Hamilton. The Atlanta Renegades like most teams from North America contained a fair ... Read More »


World Masters Games – Turin 2013 – An Overview

Skipper Camie Hastie putting the Squad to rights

British Army Masters Rugby – World Master Games Turin Italy 2013 The main focus for the Army Masters 2012/13 season as with all service teams had been the defence of the Inter Services title, but once that was secured after good performances to retain the title for third year in a row all minds started to focus on the World ... Read More »


World Masters Games Gold history has been written

Army Masters Squad at World Masters Games 2013

Army Masters (45) Thakatani Asti Rugby (0) World Masters Games 2013 Turin Italy The Army Masters secured a place in World Masters Games history by successfully defending the tittle won four years ago in Australia by beating Italian side Thakatani Asti at the Grugliasco Rugby ground in Turin on Friday evening. The score line does not truly reflect what a ... Read More »


Army Masters move into the final at WMG

Head Coach Tiny Baker putting his point across at half-time

Semi-Final Victory, Army Masters (35) v Old Highlanders Rugby Club (0) World Masters Games 2013 Turin Italy The Army Masters booked their place in the final of the World Masters Games with hard fought victory over the Old Highlanders the local team whose ground is being used for all the matches in the tournament. The vocal local support however could ... Read More »


Army Master v Ivrea RC

Post match photo with our new Italian mates Ivera RC

World Masters Games 2013, Turin, Italy The Army Masters under the blazing Italian sun here in Turin secured a place in the Semi-finals of the competition with another big win this time against Italian side Ivrea Rugby Club to top their pool as clear winners. The message is out that the Army Masters are in town and the win put ... Read More »


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