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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: 15 Feb 2018

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 Lost 22 – 45
14 Feb 18 England U20s Aldershot Lost 0 – 44
17 Mar 18 Barbarians Aldershot Lost 0 – 37
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.



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 »

Army Women Stick to their Guns

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 »

Army Women Battle for Victory

Army Women 24pts v 5 Emergency Services Great game! Someone pressed the Army refresh button on 9 December and the Women clicked into gear. They were ready. In their way stood a vibrant Combined Emergency Services team that came to Aldershot demanding a share of the action. They fielded two international players who individually had a strong influence on the ... Read More »

Army Women Back in Action

Army Women beat Belgium Women 38 pts-25 at Zonnebeke near Ypres on Sat 3 October in their first run out of the season. Full report to follow shortly. Read More »

Army Women retain Inter-Service title beating the Navy Women 65-0

After an excellent performance by the Army (W) against the RAF (W) in Aldershot, the team prepared themselves to battle the Navy (W) at Kneller Hall on Saturday 9 May 2015 to retain their Inter-Service title. The Army came out firing on all cylinders and within 3 minutes Gnr Jess McAuley went speeding over the try line to score her ... Read More »

Army Women Dominate the Airspace 51-10

With the sun shining over the Army Rugby Stadium on Thursday 30 April, the Army Women were physically and mentally well prepared to take on the RAF Women in front of a stadium of supporters and hopefully emulate the success of the Army Masters team, who had earlier been victorious over the RAF Vultures. The RAF Women started the game ... Read More »

Charlie Lloyd Memorial 10’s – Saturday 18 April 2015

With the final pre-Inter Services fixture cancelled between the Army (W) and Aylesford (W) the Army travelled to Oxford to take part in the second Charlie Lloyd Memorial 10’s. Charlie Lloyd, a Loggie, it was fitting to see the first game of the day; RLC (W) v Army (W). With no time for pleasantries, both teams worked hard in the ... Read More »

An Army Women’s Stalwart Bows Out On A High

Old Albanians Saints 5 – 36 Army Women Maj Gemma Simister RE playing her final game for this season led an Army squad with a good mixture of Senior and Development players. After some solid performances by both the Army Women’s Senior & Development XVs this season the Georgie Memorial fixture is always a nice distraction from Inter Services preparation. ... Read More »

England Given Warm Reception at Aldershot

Army 10 pts—England U20 25 England U20—kids out of school, probably in pink, taking ‘selfies’ on the half way line. Oh No! Watch that space and apologise for a gross misconception. The women wearing the Red Rose were skilled, fast, strong and very tough. Their organization was amazing after being together for a short time and there are future World ... Read More »

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