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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”.

You can download the Directors of Senior Rugby Directive by clicking on the link below:
2014 DOR Directive (updated: 19 Mar 2014)


Last updated: 02 November 2015

Date Opponents/Event Venue Result
01 – 10 Sep 15 IDRC Training Camp Aldershot  
08 Oct 15 Australian Defence Force Aldershot W 62 – 0
12 Oct 15 Canadian Defence Force Aldershot W 128 – 6
16 Oct 15 French Defence Force Aldershot L 23-24
19 Oct 15 IDRC Quarter Finals – South Africa DF Aldershot W 54-17
23 Oct 15 IDRC Semi Finals – NZ Defence Force Aldershot W 40 – 15
29 Oct 15 IDRC Final – Fiji Defence Force The Stoop L 10 – 30
13 Jan 16 French Army – CANCELLED Aldershot  
27 Jan 16 Cambridge University Grange Road, Cambridge  
10 Feb 16 Oxford University Iffley Road, Oxford  
24 Feb 16 Worcester Warriors Sixways, Worcester  
16 Mar 16 Northampton Saints (Mobbs Memorial Match) Franklin Gardens, Northampton  
28 Mar – 04 Apr 16 Training Camp Browns, Portugal  
06 Apr 16 Royal Air Force RAF Halton / Saracens RFC  
20 Apr 16 Saracens HAC Ground  
30 Apr 16 Royal Navy Twickenham  


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 »

Trusted to Deliver – Army Win Babcock Trophy at Twickenham

Happy Band

Army Head coach Captain Andy Sanger RE took the RAF match result on the chin, dragged his troops from the trenches and said ‘Attack’. He picked a pack to provide the ball and a back division that had more tricks than a box load of frogs. Before 81,116 screaming dervishes his combination stuffed the initiative up their jumpers and said ... Read More »



The Army travelled to Jersey at relatively short notice for an excellent fixture against a Jersey club that had not too long ago fought its way into the Championship. On the night the Islanders were reinforced by a few of the professional squad. For the Army it was mightily worth the trip. Prior to the match there was a nice ... Read More »

Worcester Sauce

Ledua Jope

Worcester Cavaliers 20 pts – 14 Army A dominant second half display nearly saw the Army snatch what had earlier appeared to be an improbable victory against the Worcester Cavaliers on 25 February. The Cavaliers opened in double quick time. Two solid penalties and a converted try inside 15 minutes had, at least initially, the Army reeling. The pack was ... Read More »

Baby Bul Bags a Brace

Sapper Off-Loads

Army 30 — 19 Oxford University Hard. Much harder than the score of 30 pts – 19 suggests. Three tries apiece and Gunners’ full back Owain Davies kicked 15 pts to make the difference. Oxford arrived at Aldershot with twelve Blues from the Varsity match – clearly here to win. Army Coach Andy Sanger, with one eye firmly on ‘building’ ... Read More »

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