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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: 12 Mar 2018

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 Won 73 – 10
31 Jan 18 Oxford University Iffley Road, Oxford KO 1915 Won 26 – 17
03 Feb 18 Nottingham Nottingham L31 – 33
14 Feb 18 British Police East London RFC Won 19 – 5
09 Mar 18 French Army Paris, France KO 1900 local Won 46 – 12
19-26 Mar 18 Training Camp Browns, Portugal
24 Mar 18 TBC Browns, Portugal KO 1600 local
28 Mar 18 London Scottish Aldershot CANCELLED
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


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 »

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 »

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