Welcome to Australian Services Rugby Union

Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU), an affiliate of the Australian Rugby Union, was formed in 1963 and is the vehicle for talented Australian Defence Force (ADF) players to gain national recognition. ASRU fields both men's and women's senior teams selected from serving members of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, and the Royal Australian Air Force.

ASRU is a non-profit organisation, which uses the monies it receives from the ADF Sports Council and sponsors to promote and develop the coaching, playing and officiating of rugby in the ADF.

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ARMY WARRIORS MAKE NATIONAL TEAM

Four Army women with the Australian Services Rugby Union team have achieved the supreme honour by being selected in the Australian Wallaroos for the 2014 World Cup in France.

Capt Alisha Hewett, Capt Caroline Vakalahi, Cpl Mollie Gray and Pte Hayley Sullivan have been selected for the Wallaroos training squad following outstanding performances in the 2013 National Women’s Rugby Championship in Sydney.

The selection came as a surprise for Capt Alisha Hewett, Cpl Mollie Gray and Pte Hayley Sullivan, who will make their debuts with the national team in France next August if they survive the cut after the training camp. Full Report.

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ASRU MEN GO DOWN TO BARBARIANS IN TOUGH TUSSLE

ASRU last played the Australian Barbarians in 2011. On that occasion, the Barbarians won a hard fought match, 22 – 19. Two years later – we weren’t sure how we’d go with a much less experienced ASRU team. One thing’s for sure, we knew this would be ASRU’s toughest match of the tour to date.

ASRU’s loss to Brumbies Provincial last Sun was disappointing – it was a game the team could have won. Well, what a difference a week makes. The ASRU team which took the field against the Barbarians was a fundamentally different outfit – they turned up to play, and by crikey they did. Full Report.

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WARRIORS WOMEN CRUSH SOUTH AUSTRALIA

THE Australian Services Rugby-Women (ASRU-W) team came of age when they competed against the best players in the country in the 2013 National Women’s Rugby Championship in Sydney.

The Warriors gained plenty of experience against the best state teams in Australia and did the ADF proud in all four round-robin matches.

The Warriors saved the best for last, when they defeated South Australia 17-7 in a match where the side-line resembled a hospital ward, with eight ASRU-W players nursing broken bones, fractures, or bruises by full-time. ASRU-W coach WOFF Jo Downes said the game featured courageous performances from all the players. Full Report

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ASRU V BRUMBIES PROVINCIAL, ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE-DUNTROON, CANBERRA

Despite another loss, ASRU Captain, Tony Luxford, remains upbeat and is confident the team has taken positive steps to strengthen their performance and competitiveness ahead of the two tests against the Tongan Defence Services, next week in Tonga. Tony stated this match was played at a much quicker pace and with more physicality than their first match against Melbourne Mana on Wed. He indicated it was clear the hard work over the previous few days and the lessons learnt from the first game were paying off. Today’s game hung in the balance for much of the 80 minutes, but unfortunately Brumbies Provincial scored two late tries to take the game out of ASRU’s reach, with a final score of 44-36. The half time score was 27 – 17 in favour of Brumbies Provincial.

There was a period of extended play during the early stages of the second half where it appeared ASRU was finally starting to click. ASRU’s mid-field and ruck/maul defence improved markedly and they were able to score three unanswered tries to turn a 13-point deficit (17 – 30) into a 6-point lead (36 – 30), but that was as far as it went. Full Report

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MATCH REPORT, WED 23 OCT 13 - ASRU V MELBOURNE MANA, HARLEQUINS RUGBY CLUB GROUND, MELBOURNE

A disappointing first up match result for ASRU. Melbourne Mana fully deserved their victory, 43 – 19, but ASRU was let down by defensive weaknesses and poor tackling. Overall, Melbourne Mana ran, attacked and supported with purpose, and they were able to largely nullify ASRU's scoring opportunities. Mana scored the first three tries of the match and led 19 – 0 before ASRU scored its first try midway through the first half. Mana’s first try resulted from an easy, unimpeded blind side peel from a close-range maul. Their second try came from a break out within their defending 22m zone, after ASRU lost control of the ball during a period of sustained attacking pressure. For a full match report click here.

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2013 ASRU Men’s tour of Australia and Tonga is underway!

After many months of planning, the 2013 ASRU Men’s tour of Australia and Tonga is underway. The team concentrated in Canberra at the Royal Military College on Sat 19 Oct, ahead of a two-week domestic tour before heading across to Tonga. There are 15 new faces in the 33-player squad. If you’re on Facebook, follow the tour via the team’s page – ASRU Men. Tour updates click here

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ASRU CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY - GALA EVENT - BOOKINGS CLOSED!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Australian Services Rugby Union. To mark this momentous occasion the ASRU board is organising a gala celebration to be held in Sydney on Friday, November 1, 2013 .  Details as follows:

Date: Friday, November 1, 2013

Location: Sydney Cricket Ground (John Eales Room)

Dress: (ASRU) Jacket and Tie (NB 50th Anniversary Commemorative Tie will be available for purchase for $30 on the night)

Time:  The dinner commences at 7pm

Price: $150 per person

Inclusions: Ticket price includes three course dinner and drinks.

 Further details: Contact event organiser COL Anthony 'Max' McIntyre: anthony.mcintyre@defence.gov.au.

All past and present players, officials and board members are invited to celebrate this important milestone.

SEND US your Photos!!  Organisers are hoping to compile a DVD of images documenting the past 50 years of ASRU. Please send pics through to anthony.mcintyre@defence.gov.au

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WE NEED YOUR HELP! - CALL FOR HISTORICAL INFORMATION, RECORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

To ensure the past 50 years of ASRU achievements remain etched in our memories, ASRU is calling on YOU to submit historical records, information and/or photographs. We are planning to commission a 50 Year of History of ASRU publication this year.  If you have any material that you believe may be of assistance, please email info@servicesrugby.asn.au.

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