The Aim of the Army Rugby Union (ARU) is to promote and foster the game of Rugby Union in the Army and its local communities in accordance with the Laws of the Game promulgated by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
- To meet the Aim the ARU shall pursue the following objectives:
- General – Provide an infrastructure for Army Rugby such that no potential participant is denied the opportunity to play.
- Representative Rugby – Select and maintain at Senior, Development Academy, Veterans and Women’s levels Fifteens, Tens and Sevens team, as appropriate and agreed, to represent the Army. To provide a standard of rugby that will develop and promote those with talent for higher honours. In addition the ARU shall seek to support the work of the Combined Services Rugby Football Club Committee. (Further details can be found on the Representative Rugby page).
- Coaching – Maintain a formal coaching structure to improve and thereafter sustain the standards throughout the Army and to provide a structure for the advancement of coaches. (Further details can be found on the Coaching page).
- Referees – Maintain the Army Rugby Union Referees Society (ARURS) to improve and sustain the standards of refereeing in the Army. To facilitate the training, development and advancement of referees and to the appropriate links with the Combined Services Rugby Referees and other referees societies. (Further details can be found on the Referees (ARURS) page).
- Competitions – Organise and run annually,for clubs in the UK and BA(G), the ARU Premiership, Community Cup and Shield Competitions to provide a competitive element at Major and Minor Unit level throughout the season irrespective of the ability of the participants. In addition the ARU may approve or organize other competitions which support the aim of the ARU, including:
- The Inter Corps League Tables.
- The Army Inter Corps Fifteens Championship.
- The Army Sevens Tournament.
The rules for each competition are published annually. These can be found on the ARU website. All competitions shall be played under the Laws of Rugby Union and shall comply with the Rules and Bye Laws of the RFU. (Further details can be found on the Competitions page).
- Finance – Maintain a sound financial base, thereby providing the best service to Rugby Union in the Army, within budget, and in accordance with the priorities agreed by the Management Board.
- Publicity – Explore all avenues to promote Army Rugby Union ( and thereby the Army) both within and outside of the Services.
- Relations with the RFU – Maintain a close and binding relationship with the RFU, taking all appropriate measures to promote Army Rugby at national and international levels, and seeking opportunities to support the RFU’s community rugby initiative.
- Injury and Safety – Promote standards of play and discipline such that all players and officials are placed at the least possible risk, whilst ensuring that all participating teams are fully insured via the RFU insurance scheme.
- Reviews – The Objectives of the ARU are reviewed by the Management Board, as required, and by the Council annually. If agreed, any recommended changes are to be announced at the Annual General Meeting. Agreed objectives based on paragraph 2 above are to be promulgated to members of Union through the Annual Management Plan.
- The Objectives of the ARU are reviewed by the Management Board, as required, and by the Council annually. If agreed, any recommended changes are to be announced at the Annual General Meeting. Agreed objectives based on paragraph 2 above are to be promulgated to members of Union through the Annual Management Plan.
Further details are to be found in the ARU Handbook page