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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 Women beat the Combined Emergency Services

On a cold afternoon at the home of British Police Sport; Imber Court, The Army Women featuring seven new caps took on a strong Combined Emergency Services team in a capped fixture. Captained by England International Jane Leonard, the Army quickly displayed the intent they wished to play, fast recycled ball from the forwards and slick hand from the backs ... Read More »

CS Women edged out by Cardiff Blues 17-12

The Combined Services Women were edged out by Cardiff Blues on Friday night 17-12. The match drew a record crowd of several hundred and all stood in respectful silence as players from both sides lined up with match officials to hear the last post. The thoughts of all were with the fallen and injured of wars past and present, particularly ... Read More »


The first full Army Women’s fixture of the season was played at Penarth RFC on Friday 24 October against the Welsh Premiership team, Llandaff North, bolstered by a few players from other Cardiff based clubs. After the success of the Army Development game against Exeter University the Army Head Coach, Capt Glyn Barraclough (RAMC), had a tough job selecting the ... Read More »

Army Women Ground the RAF Women

A glorious day of sunshine in RAF Halton set the stage for an impressive game of rugby that saw the Army run in 15 tries and produce some exceptional rugby; as a team the forwards working hard to set the platform for the backs to exploit and individual performances that caused havoc and tested the RAF defence for a majority ... Read More »


ARMY(W) 54 – NAVY (W) 12 After a sterling performance by the Army (W) against the RAF (W) in Aldershot Head Coach, Capt Glyn Barraclough RAMC made his team selection to meet the challenge of the Navy (W) at Kneller Hall. It was the Navy who started strongly playing down the slightest of slopes armed with the bigger pack the ... Read More »

Warm Weather Training!!

ARMY WOMEN XV v SCOTLAND WOMEN 6-NATIONS SQUAD, EDINBURGH – 18 JAN 13 1. Maj Charlie Maxwell AGC(SPS) Skipper 2. Cpl Rae Metters REME 3. Cpl Bianca Vasey AGC (Pro) 4. Sig Demi Graham R Sigs 5. Lt Rachael Davies RLC 6. Capt Gemma Simmister RE 7. Pte Shellyann Magic AMS 8. Bdr Laura Latimer RA 9. Cfn Laura Marsh ... Read More »

England Women v France Women

ENGLAND WOMEN – 23 v FRANCE – 13 The Royal Engineers’ Jane Leonard played a vital role in England overcoming a 13 point deficit to beat France at Esher on 3 November. Jane’s persistence in defence ensured the French No 10 was unable to contribute much more than a shakey link to some pretty quick backs. Les Bleus Plan B ... Read More »

Army Women go down to down-under tourists

The Army Women were defeated by the touring Australian Services 13pts-10 in a very exciting and ‘nearly’ match at Aldershot. It started as ‘one-way’ Green and Gold traffic but in fourth quarter the tourists were listening intently for the whistle’ as the Army livened things up. The Aussies knew their rugby and were cream smooth in wintery conditions. They played ... Read More »

REME Womens Rugby 7s

The girls had a mixed season in the 15 Corp Competition with losing a lot of players to tours and injury but on a positive note gained a lot of new comers and experience along the way. After coming runners up in the Army 7s competition narrowly losing to the RA by 1 try we decided to move onto our ... Read More »

Army V Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU)

Thursday 24 May 2012 A cold and wet day more typical of Aldershot than Sydney was the setting for the ARUW’s second fixture of their Tour ‘Down Under’. Amid cries from the Aussies that we deliberately brought the weather with us, the Army Team took the field of Victoria Barracks (one of the premier Rugby pitches in Sydney when it ... Read More »

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