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Army Rugby Union (Women)

This is our 18th season of women’s rugby within the Army and we continue to enhance the development of the team which was founded in 1996. Today women’s rugby is vibrant and played at all levels around the world in competitions and events. With the England Women’s Rugby Team winning the World Cup this year the publicity for women’s rugby has increased exponentially. With our aim to challenge and develop the team, we have been extremely busy organising a demanding fixture list playing both Championship and Premiership Clubs within the UK, which will give the players the opportunity to play against International and National players.

The standard of Army Women’s Rugby is increasing year on year. This is no small part, due to the very successful and thriving Inter Corps Championship. Two further initiatives which have reaped definite benefits are the introduction of an Army Development Team, introducing new players with the potential to play at full Army level to a higher standard of Rugby and the second being Corps Concentrations, enabling a large number of players to come together and receive a high level of coaching, exchange ideas and develop skill sets.
Women’s rugby will only continue to develop with your support, if you would like to play or support the team, please contact your Corps Rugby Coordinator who will assist you in any way possible.

Over the last few seasons more females have been getting involved in coaching and refereeing, which can only develop the grass route rugby so that all potential rugby players have role models to look up to. With Army players involved in premiership and international rugby, as a sport we are in a good place, but we need to continue to build upon our successes and aim ever higher.

Look ahead:

  • Quality fixtures list
  • Retain Inter-Services Championship
  • Remain unbeaten by either the RAF & Navy
  • Continue to develop Women’s Corps Rugby
  • Build a stepping stone from Corp to Army level rugby

Fixtures

Updated: 03 May 2016

Date Fixture Venue Result
Sat 03 Oct 15 – KO 13:00 Belgium (W) Zonnebeke, Belgium WIN 38 – 21
Fri 6 Nov 15 – KO (TBC) Combined Services (W) v Cardiff Blues (W) Cardiff Arms Park
Wed 9 Dec 15 – KO 17:00 Combined British Fire & Police Service (W) Army Rugby Stadium, Aldershot
Fri 22 Jan 16 – KO 19:30 Llandaff North (W) Cardiff
Thu 18 Feb16 – KO 19:00 England U20s (W) Army Rugby Stadium, Aldershot L 41 – 12
Sat 26 Mar 16 – KO 14:30 England Nomads (W) Army Rugby Stadium, Aldershot L 10 – 5
Wed 6 Apr 16 – KO TBC RAF (W) RAF Halton W 29 – 7
Sat 16 Apr 16 – KO 17:00 Army (W) Dev v Old Albanians (W) St Albans
Sat 30 Apr 16 – 1030 Royal Navy (W) Kneller Hall, Twickenham Win 74 – 0
Sat 28 May 16 – KO TBC US Combined Services TBC
Wed 1 Jun 16 – 1900 New York City RFC New York
Sat 4 June 16 – 1500 USA Eagles U23s Rutgers University, Princeton, NJ.
Sat 11 Jun 16 Liberty Cup Aviator Field, New York City.

MATCH REPORTS

ARU (W) – Letters from America – Day 12, 13, 14 & 15

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Letter from America – Tuesday 7th June 2016 Tuesday saw the team settle further into their ‘R&R’ time at Pinehaven camping resort. With a contingent taking some time out for a day and a night away in Atlantic City, the camp was a little quieter with a very relaxed vibe. The sun was shining early doors and after a 48 ... Read More »


ARU (W) – Letters from America – Day 9, 10, 11 & 12

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Letters From America – Friday 3rd June 2016 So today is the second most important day of the week – the day before game day! After our usual morning routine of breakfast, physio and the Batley weather report, we made our way to the training pitch for our Captain’s run. As predicted by the weather report, it was a damp ... Read More »


ARU(W) v All American Collegiate All Stars (USA Eagles U23s)

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On Saturday 4th June, the Army Women’s team took to the field at Scarlet Knights Sports Field, New Jersey; the home of Rutgers University Rugby. This was set to be the toughest game of the USA tour so far; as they took on the All American Collegiate All Stars, which is effectively the USA Eagles U23s. The first 10 minutes ... Read More »


ARU(W) Letters from America – Day 5, 6, 7 and 8

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Day 5 – Monday 30 May 2016. It was tough to get out of bed this morning, with most people being weary and aching from yesterday’s game or was it just from the after match social. As with every day so far on this tour, we were keen to make the most of the time we have over here in ... Read More »


ARU(W) v NYC RFC(W) – PIER 40 – TUESDAY 31 MAY 16

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The fixture against New York City RFC Women, the 3 times All American Champions, was played in South West Manhattan, a stone’s throw from Ground Zero with the most amazing backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. With a 20:45 kick off time, the ARU(W) Squad had been able to relax during the day and were in high spirits going into the ... Read More »


ARMY WOMEN v CAPITAL RFC (USA EAST COAST SELECT) XV

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The opening game of the ARU(W) USA Tour took place at Severna Park, Annapolis on Sunday 29 May. The opposition is a side made up of players selected from all the East Coast USA Clubs and so was definitely going to be a challenging game. Weather conditions were very good, if not also very hot. It was a great day ... Read More »


ARU(W) Letters from America

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Day 1 – Thursday 26 May 2016. It was an early start for the Main body; a 0700 depart from Aldershot, heading to T3 at Heathrow. Check in complete; hurry up and wait began. After a 2 hour delay for ‘Technical difficulties’ we were on our way with Virgin Atlantic; VS111 flown by 2 trusty former RAF pilots. The players ... Read More »


Army Swamp Battling Matelots

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Army 74 pts Royal Navy Nil The Army Women’s team is a class act and they celebrated their current standing in British rugby with twelve great tries against a Navy team that battled to the final whistle. Had some of the Red’s early passing been less ‘ambitious’ or ‘anxious’, take your pick, it would have been a great deal more. ... Read More »


Army Women Deliver

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Aldershot. Swirling drizzle. Cold wind. Red hot rugby. Army Women took on a strong England Nomads XV and were narrowly overcome by two tries to one. It wasn’t a day for even attempting conversions. Team Manager Don Smith muttered that it might be the wrong result but by that time the conditions had been forgotten and a warm glow had ... Read More »


Army Women Stick to their Guns

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Army Women 12pts—England U20 41 The Class of 2016 England Women U20 produced the goods at Aldershot on 18 February.   They played rugby with great skill, passion and, in bursts, fiery pace. It is therefore right that the Army Women’s team is recognized for an outstanding performance in holding a star studded squad to two tries apiece until just before ... Read More »


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