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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 development of British Army Rugby has been impressive and the senior rugby players are an integral part of contributing to the ARU profile and credibility on and off the pitch. Being competitive, committed, representative and an ambassador for Army Rugby is important.

Army Senior Rugby is the Senior XV and the A team. The Snr XV is the premier representative rugby team of the British Army. The teams are open to all Army rugby players who 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. We seek to play Championship level rugby 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 strategy.

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.

Fixtures

Last updated: 11 Feb 2019

Date Opponents/Event Venue Result
15-17 Oct 18 Trial Aldershot
19 Oct 18 Oxford University Oxford KO 1930 Loss 21 – 27
30 Jan 19 Oxford University Aldershot KO 1900 W 22 – 10
08 Feb 19 French Army Aldershot KO 1900 W 30 – 11
27 Feb 19 British Police Stourbridge KO 1930
TBC Mar 19 TBC TBC
01-07 Apr 19 Training Camp Browns, Portugal
10 Apr 19 Bedford Blues – Mobbs Memorial Match Bedford KO TBC
27 Apr 19 Royal Air Force Kingsholm, Gloucester KO TBC
04 May 19 Royal Navy Twickenham KO TBC

MATCH REPORTS

Army Scupper Navy in Tough-Out

Army 30 pts—Royal Navy 17 ARMY are again BABCOCK and Inter Services Champions — what more could you want. Well quite a lot really, chanted 80,000 at Twickenham, and the REDS provided it with something …

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Hot Bath for Army

Bish, Bosh, Fizz and more Fizz. This was a great Army performance against a fine bunch of athletes from Bath Rugby. The ‘pros’ showed silky steel in all departments but were countered by a high …

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Army Battles High Level Air Defence

The Army suffered a glitch—no more–on the road to Twickenham. They beat the RAF by 35 pts—26, it could have been more, it should have been more but it wasn’t. Three or four tries went …

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Army Senior XV v Navy 27 April 2013

Head Coach SSgt Axel Rees is pleased to announce the following selection to face the Royal Navy on Saturday 27 April at Twickenham. He commented, ‘I would personally like to congratulate all 22 players on …

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MOBBS would have been proud

Bedford Blues 43 pts – Army 29 England international Lt Col Edgar Mobbs, CO of the 7th Northamptons, who was killed in battle at the Somme in 1917, would have appreciated the rugby and character …

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Army Teaches Students a Lesson

Army 39 pts — Cambridge University 5 pts THE ARMY REDS welcomed senior players back to training but nevertheless fielded a largely experimental XV to beat Cambridge 39pts-5 at Aldershot on 20 February. The performance …

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Students give Army a lesson

To go under by 14 pts—24 to a far from bright Oxford University team at Aldershot was not a great start to the Army season. No escaping the hard truth– it was a poor performance …

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Army v Navy – The Supporters View

This year was the 96th running of the famous battle between the Army and Navy’s ‘super sports’ at Twickenham, incidentally it was also the 10th anniversary of Babcock’s sponsorship of the match, for that we …

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