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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


Updated: 12 Jul 2017

Date Opponents/Event Venue Result
09 Sep 17 Firwood Waterloo Manchester Lost 12 – 29
14 Oct 17 South Africa Aldershot Lost 5 – 27
09 Dec 17 Germany Heidelberg Won 51 – 6
20 Jan 18 Holland Amsterdam
14 Feb 18 England U20s Aldershot
17 Mar 18 UK Nomads Aldershot
11 Apr 18 Royal Air Force RAF Halton
05 May 18 Royal Navy 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.



Liberty Cup

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)

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 »


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 »


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

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

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

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 »

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