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The traditional opener to the ARU 15s season, the Corps Festival returned to kick off the 2021-22 season in style and everyone was raring to go having had such a long but understandable pause from the game we all love due to the suspension of sport over the past 18 months.

An action packed day was enjoyed by all participating teams with the Men’s teams playing in a newly re-structured 3 League format and the five Women’s teams playing in a round robin 7s competition.  The pool stages matches took place over the first half of the day and the newly restructured League format for the men saw some closely scored games.

A break for lunch allowed the teams some well earned R&R and the competition organisers a chance to work out the maths to decide the afternoons finalists which were with the following results;

Women’s 7s Finals – AGC v RA – Winners AGC 24-0

Men’s League 3 Final – Int Corps v AGC – Winners Int Corps 14-0

Men’s League 2 Final – Infantry A v RAC – Winners Infantry A 29-0

Men’s League 1 Final – RLC v RA – Winners RLC 15-14

Action from the Women’s 7’s League Pool Matches

Action from the Men’s League 3 Pool Matches

Action from the Men’s League 2 Pool Matches

Action from the Men’s League 1 Pool Matches

Women’s 7’s Final

The Women’s 7’s Final was contested by the AGC and RA, some well worked tries saw the AGC winners 24-0.

Men’s League 3 Final

The League 3 Final was between the Intelligence Corps and AGC, a comprehensive performance saw the Intelligence Corps winning 14-0.

Men’s League 2 Final

The League 2 Final was between the Infantry A and RAC, a strong Infantry side ran in five tries to seal the victory 29-0.

Men’s League 1 Final

The League 1 Final between the RLC and RA was a close contest that went down to the wire with the Gunners finishing strong but the RLC held on for a 15-14 win to retain the trophy they won at the 2019 Festival.

A fantastic days competition to start the season, well done to all who took part it was great to see rugby back being played.  We wish all the teams well for the season ahead across their respective leagues, the seasons fixtures for the Corps Leagues can be found HERE

Days like this cannot happen without the hard work of many, we wish to express our sincere thanks to;

Colonel Graham Taylor CBE, Chair of Corps Rugby and Major Chris Newton for the organisation and running of the competition with the help of a work party kindly provided from 12 Regt RA.

The ARURS for support to the competition and Corps fixtures throughout the season.

Alligin Photography – Geraint Ashton-Jones and Lee Crabb for imagery support throughout the day, a full gallery of images can be viewed HERE

The first round of Corps League fixtures will take place on Wednesday 29th September.

Images © Alligin Photography, Scrumpix