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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: 31 August 2017

Date Opponents/Event Venue Result
16 Sep 17 French Pacific Combined Services Laon, France KO 1800 local
14-15 Nov 17 Trial Aldershot
17 Jan 18 Cambridge University Grange Road, Cambridge KO 1915
31 Jan 18 TBC
14 Feb 18 Oxford University Iffley Road, Oxford KO 1915
09 Mar 18 French Army Paris, France KO 1900 local
19-26 Mar 18 Training Camp Browns, Portugal
24 Mar 18 TBC Browns, Portugal KO 1600 local
28 Mar 18 London Scottish Aldershot KO 1930
11 Apr 18 Royal Air Force RAF Halton KO 1430
18 Apr 18 Northampton – Mobbs Memorial Match Franklins Gardens, Northampton KO 1930
05 May 18 Royal Navy Twickenham KO 1500

MATCH REPORTS

Army Remember the Fallen at the World Rugby Memorial

Army Champions square up the French Police and Army Team challenge the French Pacific. It’s not often you get the Army Premiership Champions, 12 Regiment Royal Artillery to be on the same programme as the Army Senior XV. An invitation from the French to participate in the World Rugby Memorial unveiling in Laon, France allowed just that. Ex French Rugby ... Read More »


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 »


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