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Mission Statement

The Senior XV is the premier representative team of the British Army its mission statement is: “To win the Babcock Inter-Services’ Championships every year and to perform at the highest level in all competitions”.

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2016/17 DOR Directive (updated: 01 Sept 2016).


Last updated: 10 Oct 2016

Date Opponents/Event Venue Result
18 Jan 17 Cambridge University Grange Road, Cambridge  
31 Jan 17 Oxford University Aldershot  
04 Feb 17 Russia Spain  
15 Feb 17 British Police Aldershot  
11 Mar 17 Ospreys Bridgend  
28 Mar 17 Bedford RFC – Mobbs Memorial Match Bedford  
03 – 12 Apr 17 Training Camp Browns, Portugal  
19 Apr 17 Royal Air Force Aldershot  
29 Apr 17 Royal Navy Twickenham  


Babcock Trophy – Honourable Draw


Army 29pts—Royal Navy 29 Drama. Stranger than fiction. One National paper described it as the “best Inter-Service game in recent history”. The fact that the Navy came back from a 19 pts deficit to kick a penalty and earn a 29 pts each draw—and thereby the Babcock Championship–was indeed remarkable. Also, the fact that the Army allowed such a thing ... Read More »

Nine Try Red Overpower French


The Army saw off the French Army by 57pts—3 at Aldershot on 16 March. The match was played in commemoration of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and completed in concert with the commemorations being held jointly between England and France in Paris on the following day. Andy Sanger’s men notched up nine tries including five in a very ... Read More »

Army – Time to Reflect


Worcester Cavaliers 64pts—Army 0 A good crowd watched the Army take a bit of a clobbering at Sixways Worcester on 24th February. The Cavaliers fielded a very strong squad whereas for various reasons the Army were depleted on the night. Head Coach Maj Andy Sanger [RE] was very philosophical about the 64pts-0 defeat labelling it a ‘one-off’. Down, the Army ... Read More »

New Reds Army Open Fire

Hunting Pack

Cambridge University 11pts – The Army 31 Funny old game. The Army opened strongly and at times were exhilarating. Quick ball, sure hands, lots of angles and pacey power rattled the score board for a 19 pts lead in as many minutes but the Cambridge Blues stood their ground and answered back. The Blues showed they had power of their ... Read More »

Fiji Dazzle in the Drizzle


FIJI are the new Armed Forces World Champions. With a great display of hard clever rugby in murky conditions they beat the British Army at the Stoop by 30 pts—10. But Oh– where were the Fijians who would fumble in the rain, crumble in the tight and stumble across a boggy Stoop. They simply didn’t turn up. For the Army ... Read More »

British Army to take on Fiji


British Army 40 – Defence Blacks 15 The British Army will face the Fiji Armed Forces in the Final of the Defence World Cup at the Harlequins STOOP on Thursday 29th October at 1900 hrs. The Army overcame a spirited New Zealand team in the Semi Finals by 40pts — 15 thanks to a strong performance by a high octane ... Read More »

Army Dynamics Overcome South Africa


British Army 53 – South Africa 17 After a squeaky performance against the French the Army were out to prove their pedigree against a strong South African side with large forwards and lightening backs. Selecting a side restructured via a few injuries Andy Sanger took the opportunity to field a number of ‘futures’. Many had shown up well against Canada ... Read More »

France by a Head


British Army 23 — 24 French Armed Forces The bookies took a hammering when the French Armed Forces overtook the Army at the final hurdle in Aldershot. Whilst local punters didn’t quite demand their money back they will now be a little more reluctant to assume that the Arthur Harrison VC Trophy staying in Aldershot was an odds-on bet. The ... Read More »

Canada Show How Pioneers Do It


Canada put on a great display of true grit, sportsmanship and, in phases, played some enterprising rugby to score the first 6 pts against the British Army in IDRC 15. Coach Blake Edwards has done a remarkable job that, in large passages of play, enabled the CAF to take on a mixture of international, premiership and senior club players and ... Read More »

British Army open with a win


British Army 62 — Australia SRU 0 (nil) “We didn’t really see that coming” said Army Head Coach Andy Sanger when the British Army opened with a 62pts-nil win over the Australian Services Rugby Union at Aldershot. Nor did anyone else! After 20 minutes the Aussies were hammering the Army line and the ‘last trench’ work of the Reds was ... Read More »

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