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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


Updated: 17 Feb 2017

Date Fixture Venue Result
03 Sep 16 Holland Holland L 12 – 17
TBC Oct 16 Belgium TBC
08 Oct 16 French Women’s Navy France W 64 – 0
17 Dec 16 Aylesford Harlequins Aldershot CANCELLED
21 Jan 17 Germany Heidelberg W 29 – 25
16 Feb 17 England U20 Aldershot Loss 15 – 38
18 Mar 17 UK Nomads Aldershot
19 Apr 17 Royal Air Force (W) Aldershot
29 Apr 17 Royal Navy (W) Kneller Hall

Latest News


The Army Rugby Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Capt Gemma Rowland RA as Captain of the Army Women’s Rugby Team for the 2016/17 season and Inter-Services Campaign. Sgt Bianca (Bee) Dawson AGC (RMP) is appointed as Vice-Captain.

Head Coach Capt Glyn Barraclough RAMC commented: “Selecting a new leadership team is not easy. Gemma and Bee have a wealth of experience and have played alongside some excellent Captains in the past. Both having played at International level for Wales and England respectively, they will make a formidable leadership team.”

Their tenure will commence with a tough away fixture against Holland at the National Rugby Centre in Amsterdam on Saturday the 3rd of September 2016, before travelling to France to play the French Navy on Friday 7th of October in Cherbourg.



Army Women push all the way against England U20

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The Army Women once again welcomed the England U20s to Aldershot in what is now an annual ‘highlight of the season’ fixture and the full house at Aldershot witnessed great attacking flair and some massive ‘hits’ from both sides. Army Women’s Head Coach Captain Glyn Barraclough was able to pick his strongest XV including Welsh International Captain Gemma Rowland (Royal ... Read More »

Army Women’s Rugby (ARU(W) Development) v Hampshire Ladies – 28 Jan 17


Following on from the Senior Team fixture in Germany it was time for the Development Squad to run out for the first time in 2017. Under the direction of WO1 (RSM) Jules Simpson, ARU(W) Dev Team Manager the squad started to assemble on Thursday for a couple of days training with coaches Maj Amy Williams and WO1 (ASM) Marty Pinner ... Read More »


Sgt Rae Metters skippers the side for her 26th Cap

The Army Women’s Team travelled to a very cold Heidelberg to take on a resurgent German National Side. For the past 8 years Germany have been concentrating on the 7-a-side version of the game and have not fielded a XVs team until this year. This would be their second game of the season and they were confident going into the ... Read More »


The Reds defend their line with a passion

The British Army Women travelled to Cherbourg in France to play the Marine Nationale Francais (MNF) on Saturday 8 October 2016. The game was part of the Cherbourg Hague Rugby Club 50th Anniversary and the French had pulled out all the stops to make it a day to remember. After the Anthems and introductions in front of a full house ... Read More »

Women v Netherlands Match Report

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Following the success of the Summer Tour to the USA, the Army Women’s Team set their sights high with a fixture against the IRB 15th ranked, Netherlands for their first game of the 2016/17 season. After a period of preparation in Aldershot, dogged with injury and unavailability, the team travelled to Amsterdam in good spirits. The game was played on ... Read More »

Liberty Cup

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The Liberty Cup is a tournament played in memory of those who perished on 9/11 and for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Fight Against Terror since. The competition brings together teams from around the globe to support our fellow service members. It was therefore a particularly fitting finale the Army Women’s tour of North America. The ... Read More »

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


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


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


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 »

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