TThe Army Rugby Union (ARU) is committed to improving the standard of rugby at all levels of the game, from grass roots Community Rugby to the Representative teams. Key to this is the development of skills and tactics through effective, imaginative and demanding training. Qualified coaches are vital to the future of Army Rugby. No matter what your level of playing or coaching experience, there is something for you on a coaching course run by the ARU. RFU course programme can be found:

Coaching Courses – Dates and Info
Army Coaching – Mission


The award courses in Coaching Rugby Union have been developed in line with UK Coaching certificate criteria. Applications for the Advanced Coaching awards can be found here:

Coaches within the Army Rugby Union wishing to apply for the course should use the link above to find more details, please note the prerequisites required for this course and the associated timelines.

Coaches currently delivering or aspiring to coach with Army representative teams may be eligible to receive financial support to complete the qualification.

A new article has been released by the International Rugby Board regarding the approach and stance on concussions, you can read the whole article here A proactive stance on concussion –

Calling notice for all Army Rugby Coaches

All qualified ARU Coaches should log onto the GMS rugby database and ensure their details are correct.

Contact details

Rugby Development Officer

Louise Dennis

Corps Coaching Co-Ordinators (CCC)

RA – Tim Nelson
RE – Andrew Gill
REME – Burnie Burnard
RLC – Dean Hammett
R Sigs – Symon Hopkins
Inf – Darren Pridmore
AGC – Andy Jackson
AMS – Steve Whelan
AAC – Al Adamson
RAC – Mick Lillie
RAPTC – Gareth Slade-Jones
Int Corps – Mike Connaughton

Coaching resources on the web