Director of Masters Rugby – Colonel Sandy Fitzpatrick MBE SCOTS
Col Sandy Fitzpatrick MBE SCOTS was commissioned into the Royal Highland Fusiliers in 1991 and has served at Regimental Duty in UK, BFG, and Cyprus and, deployed on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently a SO1 at the Army Personnel Centre and will move in Apr 16 to be the Chief Of Staff of the Headquarters the School of Infantry.
On the rugby front I have been involved with Army Rugby since Sandhurst and have represented the Army at U21 (Capt), CSU21 (Capt), Infantry, BFG and Masters, playing my last Masters game in May 14. I have also played rugby in Australia, Edinburgh, Hanover 78, Darlington, Andover ’05-’07 and The Glasgow Academical Club. In tandem to playing representative rugby I have been the Rugby Officer at unit level and had a lead role in a civilian club until assuming the appointment of Director Masters Rugby.
It is a privilege to give something back to a sport one holds so dear. Rugby has contributed significantly to my military career and my life. My wife would at times say too much!! But, as the Director of Master Rugby I would seek to build on the fabulous work of my predecessors and suitably celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this very capable and honorable team.
He is married to Sarah and they have three teenage children still at school. When not involved with the Masters he is doing up his house in Ayrshire, game shooting or trying to watch some rugby.
Colonel A J Fitzpatrick MBE,
AH Career Management (Policy),
Army Personnel Centre, Kentigern House,
62 Brown St,
Tel: 0141 224 3050
Mil: 94 561 3050
Team Manager – Capt Dave Boocock RAPTC
Assistant Team Manager – Capt Shaun Collins-Lindsay
Team Captain – WO2(QMSI) Steven Limbrick
WO2 Limbrick joined the Corps of Royal Engineers as an apprentice in 1996 and has served predominantly within the Airborne Forces and Airborne EOD stream for the majority of his career, he has been on deployment in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and three tours of Afghanistan and is currently the lead QMSI for the Defence Explosives Ordnance Disposal Course at DEMS Training Regiment Bicester.
A relative late comer to forces rugby due to a successful sporting career as an Army and Combined Services Judo Player this will be Limbricks third season in the Army Masters. He exchanged Judo suit for rugby boots whilst serving in Wimbish in order to captain the Regimental side, a clear talent from the get go and a passion for the sport saw him take up both codes and he was selected to play at representative level as well as playing for local civilian sides, Saffron Walden and Bicester RUFC.
“I am both humbled and privileged to be able to Captain the side this season, the talent and pedigree that we have within the Army Masters is second to none so to be chosen to follow in the footsteps of last year’s skipper and lead us to victory in the Inter Services will stand out as one of the proudest moments of my career to date”.
He is married to Tracy and they have two children Oliver and Samuel still at school. When not involved in rugby he is a keen country sportsman and spends a lot of time with his dad and brother pursuing this hobby.
Head Coach – Cpl Andy Dawling RA
This is Andy’s second season as Head Coach of the Army Masters and he sees it as a great opportunity to work with a committed Masters management team to develop the game at this level. His coaching philosophy promotes and facilitates a shared ownership, with the central focus of developing the Masters ethos of becoming competitive ambassadors to the game and British Army.
He joined the Army in 1991 serving with 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. Since leaving the regulars, he now serves with 254 Medical Regiment, 220 Med Sqn, Army Reserve and is part of the Saracens Academy Team working on the Development Player Programme.
His passion for service rugby was fostered in 7 Para where he won the Army Cup 7 times. He represented the Army & Combined Services at U21 level, The Gunners, Army Senior Team and Combined Services. He gained his Army Masters Cap in 2008 against the RAF. Andy was a founding member of the Army 7’s team and was part of the squad that won the Middlesex 7’s in 2001 & 2004, and represented England and the Barbarians at 7’s.