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

Fixtures

Last updated: 02 May 2017

Date Opponents/Event Venue Result
18 Jan 17 Cambridge University Grange Road, Cambridge Won 39 – 17
31 Jan 17 Oxford University Aldershot Won 32-5
04 Feb 17 Russia Spain Lost 28 – 17
15 Feb 17 British Police Stourbridge Rugby Club, DY7 6QZ Won 18 – 5
11 Mar 17 Swansea RFC Swansea Won 22 -7
28 Mar 17 Bedford RFC – Mobbs Memorial Match Bedford Lost 26 – 55
03 – 12 Apr 17 Training Camp Browns, Portugal  
08 Apr 17 Nottingham RFC Browns, Portugal Lost 31 – 43
19 Apr 17 Royal Air Force Aldershot W 35-14
29 Apr 17 Royal Navy Twickenham W 29 – 20

MATCH REPORTS

Army v Navy The 100th Match

The annual Army v Navy match played at Twickenham stadium was never going to be about the final result and who had the bragging rights for another year; it was more about the occasion. Ex Royal Navy head coach and former Rugby Football Union Premiership referee Geraint Ashton Jones and the Inter Services Sponsors Babcock, renewing their support to this ... Read More »


Army tackle the Swans by the Sea

Head Coach Captain Andy Sanger is not adverse to ‘testing’ his teams resolve; the last time he took them to Wales the REDs were categorically ‘beaten up’ by a fast and physical Bedwas side that had the Army XV wondering where the next assault was coming from; a trip to Swansea that is steeped in Welsh rugby folk law was ... Read More »


British Army send ‘To Russia with Love’

There is much political unrest in the World currently and many people raised an eyebrow when this fixture was announced, British Army v The Russian Nation team in Spain; a match born out of relationships established at the recent U20 World Cup in Manchester. Many thought this was a game too far, and perhaps after 20 mins with the Russian ... Read More »


Army overcome Oxford University on a Soggy Tuesday in Aldershot

The Army Senior XV hosted Oxford University on a soggy evening on the last day of January in ‘game two’ of their Inter Services preparation; after a strong victory two weeks earlier the REDS were looking to do the double on the Universities. Head Coach Captain Andy Sanger had picked a team that allowed a few of the less experienced ... Read More »


Army v Cambridge University – Wed 18 Jan 17

On a frosty January evening that required thermal socks in the stands, the Army started their 2017 Inter Service campaign with a trip to one of the most iconic and historic venues of rugby union. Grange Road, the home of Cambridge University RFC is as similar today as it was 30 years ago. The influences of great players that have ... Read More »


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

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 »


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