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Army team takes on French

12 May 2008

The Australian Army Rugby Union (AARU) team took on the French Combined Services Rugby Team at ‘Stade Jules Ladoumegue’ in Massy, Paris.

The French were forced to request uncontested scrums with a final score of 27 to 16 reflecting a match that could have gone either way.

Whilst the French were victorious on the scoreboard the Australians won a moral victory, overcoming a vaunted French scrum and never giving up.

Members of the Australian Army Rugby Union (AARU) Team took time out of their busy Army careers to tour France and Germany.

The tour is aimed at enhancing the Australian Army's relationship with the French and UK Armies and to promote rugby as the premier international military sport. The AARU will be on show to an international audience as representatives of the Australian Army and as elite athletes. The tour provides an excellent opportunity for selected players to further develop their playing skills while building international relationships and enjoying a unique range of cultural and historical activities, including battlefield tours.

Foremost the AARU tour in Germany seeks to foster the Army key values of Courage, Initiative and Teamwork. At the completion of the European tour, the AARU team will complete in the Australian Services Rugby Carnival at the Royal Military College Duntroon, Canberra.

The Army play matches against the French Army, the French Combined Services and the British Army on the Rhine. The AARU also took time to remember their fallen comrades at the first ever Dawn Service held at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux.