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The Army Rugby Union is to host a Unit Premiership Showpiece Day on Wednesday 12th October 2022 at the Army Rugby Stadium, Aldershot.

The values and standards of the British Army go hand-in-hand with the core values of Rugby.  As a premier sport, the level of rugby played across Unit, Corps and Representative level remains high despite being a heavily committed Army.

This showpiece event will not only be an opportunity for the coaches and management of the ARU representative teams to scout talent for the new season but, following the success of the recent ARU Leadership day held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, a further opportunity to demonstrate to representatives from the Army, Defence and commercial media a sport that embodies the esprit de corps of the services.

The day will see two matches take place:

1300hrs – 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment v 8 Training Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

1500hrs – 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment v 12 Regiment Royal Artillery (STORMERS)

The first match of the day will see 8 Trg Bn REME, the runners up in last seasons Premiership Shield final, against 1 PWRR.  The REME training establishment have worked hard in recent years with their commitment to ARU competitions at both 15s and 7s, providing several young talented players to the ARU U23s squad.  With seasoned Army player, Sgt Nathanael Titchard-Jones currently based at the Battalion, his wealth of experience is assisting with the development of young players going through phase 2 training. 1 PWRR return to the competition after several years deployed overseas, and are eager to make an impact at the highest level of unit rugby.

The second match of the day is a repeat of the 2022 Army Premiership Cup Final where 1 YORKS edged the Gunners with a thrilling 19-17 victory back in May.  The Yorks have had an impressive summer on the 7s circuit, winning the ARU 7s Cup competition and many of their squad representing the Army 7s team at competitions around the country during the warmer months.  This re-match promises to be a cracker!

Entry to the Army Rugby Stadium is free and supporters are welcome.

All images – Alligin Photography © Lee Crabb