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Senior Men's Rugby

    • The Senior XV – The Senior XV is ARU senior men’s representative team and the core of the squad to represent the Army in the Inter Service competition and its associated build up fixtures.
    • The ARU Academy – is the proving ground for new and emerging talent where players will be able to represent the Army and compete for a place in the Senior XV;
      • The Development XV – the Development XV is where emerging talent yet to make the Senior XV is assessed, nurtured and developed to generate a depth of player and skill set to sustain the Senior XV.
      • The U23 XV – as per the Development XV but for players who meet the U23 player eligibility and can have experience of Inter Services Rugby as part of their development pathway to the Senior XV.

Mission Statement

‘Compete and succeed at the highest level of Inter Services and Championship level rugby, Nationally and Internationally while representing the British Army’


The British Army Senior Men’s rugby is one group of players, playing a game they enjoy at the highest level possible representing the Army, their Regiment and unit as soldier athletes on and off the pitch. Being competitive, committed, representative and an ambassador for Army Rugby is important.

Army Senior Rugby comprises the Senior XV and the ARU Academy. The latter consists of the Development Squad and an U23 XV. The Snr XV and an U23 XV compete in their respective Inter Services competitions. The Snr XV is the premier representative rugby team of the British Army and the Academy provides the opportunity for progression into that team.

The teams are open to all Army rugby players who meet the eligibility and are capable of competing at the highest level of inter-services and championship level rugby. Being selected is no easy task and it is predicated on performance and commitment. It is a highly respected rugby shirt to wear and every wearer is only a custodian, seeking to add value to the shirt and the privilege of playing Army representative rugby. We are:

Professional in every way – on the rugby field and on the battlefield; for the Army, our unit and sport. Striving for excellence and success in all that we do.

Our season has a number of fixtures where a large squad competes for Senior XV places. The season includes the Inter Service rugby competition with the Royal Navy and RAF for the U23 and then the Senior XV. We seek to play strong opposition and Championship level rugby for the Senior XV, and expose the high standard of Army senior rugby to as many rugby playing communities in the UK and internationally as possible. In doing so we seek to improve our standard of play by competing against high quality opposition and contributing to the Army’s engagement with society. Key to this coming to fruition is exposure to the talented players in Corps and Regimental teams playing in the Corps and Community game.

We pursue success through a set of standards that is high performance related and underpinned by a team culture and ethos that is inclusive and recognises that our ability to perform at the highest level comes from the sum of our parts. We respect the shirt we wear and thrive in the challenges we set ourselves to achieve great things as rugby players and soldiers

Management Contact Details

Director of Senior Men's RugbyCol G Taylor CBE (Graham) Late RAEmail
Head CoachLt Col T Osman (Tim)Email
Team ManagerSSgt A Dow (Andy) RLCEmail
General ManagerCapt S Morgan-Scott (Stuart) REME
Backs CoachSgt G Wessels (Gerhard) RE
Forwards CoachMaj S Silvester (Sly) RAMC
Defence CoachCapt J Miller (Jamie) AAC
Strength and ConditioningSgt C Holmes (Connor) RAPTC
Senior Medical OfficerMaj M Morgan (Matt) RAMC
Lead PhysiotherapistMaj L Hobbs (Lyndsay) RAMC
PhysiotherapistCapt R Hannan (Rory) RAMC
PhysiotherapistCapt N Cook (Nat) RAMC
Equipment ManagerRfn M Duncan (Matt) RIFLES


Pending approval by HQ Army Sport, the proposed fixtures for the 2023/24 season are;

04-06 Oct 23TrialAldershot
18 Nov 23Oxford GreyhoundsIffley Road | KO 1400hrsWON 45-12
29 Nov 23RAF DevThe Hazelwood Centre | KO 1500hrsWON 54-0
24 Jan 24British PoliceStourbridge | KO TBCLOST 26-31
26 Jan 24NottinghamNottingham | KO 1945LOST 10-57
07 Feb 24Cambridge UniversityGrange Road | KO 1930WON 31-17
21 Feb 24Cambridge 1923Cambridge RFC | KO 1945WON 71-14
15 Mar 24French ArmyPau, France | KO 1800 localWON 33-22
28 Mar 24Bedford BluesBedford | KO 1945LOST 19-48
18 Apr 24Irish Defence ForceAldershot | KO 1930WON 80-8
21-26 Apr 24Training CampCyprus
04 May 24Inter Service - Royal NavyTwickenham | KO 1400WON 43-42
11 May 24Inter Service - Royal Air ForceKingsholm | KO 1515WON 45-21

2024 Inter Service Squad and Management