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Australian Services Rugby Union Celebrates 50 Years

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By ARU Media Unit

The Australian Services Rugby Union is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style today at a match in Sydney between the ASRU Senior Men’s Warriors and an Australian Barbarians side.

The match is part of the 2013 ASRU Men’s Warriors Tour that kicked off on 19 October this year. The 33-man touring party, which is made up of members of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, and the Royal Australian Air Force,  has since travelled to Melbourne and Canberra to play Melbourne Mana and an ACT Brumbies Provincial XV.

The tour is supported by Mates4Mates, a non-profit organisation that provides welfare and treatment programs for current and ex-serving men and women of the Australian Defence Force.

Australian Services Rugby Union was formed in 1963 and is the vehicle for Australian Defence Force Rugby players to gain National Recognition.

ASRU matches have seen many big moments in its history including the 1968 clash against the touring All Blacks, clean sweeping the English Services teams back in 1994, and progressing through to the final of the International Defence Rugby Competition.

ASRU has produced some very memorable names including former Wallabies Assistant coach Jim Williams, retired General Peter Cosgrove and ex-Wallaby Justin Harrison who have all represented the Warriors.

ASRU also fields a women’s senior team, with five ASRU female players recently named in the Wallaroos training squad for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014.

ASRU intends to publish a 50 Years of History book later this year and anyone with historical records, information, or photographs relating to Rugby in the Australian Services is encouraged to  contact Adam Boyd from the ASRU: