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IDRC 2015

AFTER the inaugural International Defence Force Competition in 2011 down under, proudly won by the British Army in 2011, the IDRC arrives on England's shores for it's second tournament. Running throughout October alongside the Rugby World Cup as part of the Festival of Rugby, the (IDRC) pits twelve teams of battle-hardened soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines against each other to determine the greatest Armed Forces rugby team on the planet.

IDRC TrophyTeams from across the world are hosted by the Royal Navy, the British Army and the RAF for pool matches in Portsmouth, Aldershot and RAF Halton, before the semi-finals and the final are held at The Stoop, home of Harlequins, during the week of the RWC Final.

After months of planning the 12 teams of the 2015 International Defence Rugby Competition arrived at the Guildhall, Portsmouth for the opening ceremony on the 5th OCtober 2015. Teams gathered at HMS Victory for team photos before moving to the Guildhall; a massed photo on the steps of the iconic building followed with teams moving into the building to be presented with their participation medals and eying each other up. President of the IDRC committee, Lt Gen Lorimer welcomed the 550 participants and reminded them that many qualities of servicemen are matched by the values of World Rugby, and that recent results from the 2015 Rugby World Cup displayed that the IDRC should produce some mouth-watering fixtures.

IDRC Launch Guild Hall, Portsmouth

The competition consists of a pool stage of 18 matches followed by a knockout stage. Entry to the pool stages and first round of play offs is completely free. There is a nominal charge of £15 a ticket for entry to the semi finals and final, to see some world class rugby across the road from the spiritual home of global rugby in Twickenham.

Fixtures

IDRC15 British ArmyTeam Photo on HMS Victory

The tournament started with fierce aplomb aross all three venues, and day one featured an impressive performance from the incumbent champions, the British Army who tore through the Australian Services team to win 62-0, and there was a hat trick from Premiership star, Bath and England Rugby's Semesa 'Roko' Rokoduguni to boot!

Check out the pool stages of the International Defence Force Competition here:

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3

The British Army, and the RAF went through to the knockout stages of the International Defence Rugby Competition – but the Royal Navy have suffered a shock exit following defeats by Fiji and New Zealand. 

The Army came through the quarter finals safely, but the RAF were felled by France. The Navy safely sailed through to the IDRC Plate Final on 27th October at Maidenhead RFC, and surprisingly will take on Georgia, after Japan forfeited their place in the final after narrowly winning, as they had to return to Japan.

Quarter Finals

In the semi finals, neither match was close run at The Stoop, though the losing sides in both matches, France and the Defence Blacks threw all but the kitchen sink in order to reach the final. But it was first Fiji then the British Army that convincingly laid down their markers for a place in the ultimate defence forces tournament.

Semi Finals

Come join the most respected servicemen from around the globe who serve and protect us, and enjoy a second incarnation of our great sport whilst you revel in the Rugby World Cup!

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Final

British Army BRITISH ARMY 10 - 30 FIJI Fiji

Twickenham Stoop - Thursday 29th October 2015
KO: 19:00

HIGHLIGHTS

FIJI are the new Armed Forces World Champions. With a great display of hard clever rugby in murky conditions they beat the British Army at the Stoop by 30 points to 10.

Fiji cibi IDRC Final 2015

For the Army this was a reality check. The Army did not play badly but an unbeaten Fijian XV responded to the occasion with powerful surges, penetrating skills and tackling from the top draw.

From the opening moments when lock Save Tabakanalagi seized on a mix of fumbles and indecision, to the last quarter after full back Jaoji Dakuvula dictated that the game would be played in the Army's half, the South Sea Islanders controlled the scoreboard.

In attack, the Fijians dazzled with slick accurate passing in the drizzle. They were adventurous, unpredictable and varied the pressure points forcing the Army defences to scramble. Too frequently, for a side that believed it could win, the Army missed crucial tackles and the cover had to be committed prematurely.

Worse, the Army failed to hit the top marks where it had expected to dominate. At the scrum they achieved parity at best. The line out was woeful allowing the Fiji back row to maraud off the tail-end when the Army had deployed to drive forwards.

Inexplicably the Army 'crowned' Fiji full back Dakavula as Man of Match and possibly the Championship. Too frequently they pin pointed his position and rammed the ball down his throat. Dakuvula has a 70 metre hoof and he, almost singlehandedly, ensured the Army was forced to play a defensive game in their own half, frequently resorting to desperate measures.

British Army v Fiji IDRC Final 2015

Gloom of course but for the Army this is, emphatically, not a back to the drawing board situation. The Reds were no less brave, no less determined and were as fit as they possibly could be. They were simply forced to play a game at a tempo that was new to them and where the time for decision making had to be instinctive.

They did spasmodically attack, none more prominent than Chris Leathem and Mattie Dwyer who is getting used to carrying the ball. Apo Vata added urgency—by which time it had become very urgent!

Fiji ran in a further three tries through Koroitakali,a second for Tabakanalani and finally Dretvierata. Dakuvula notched 10 pts with the boot.

In the dying moments Knoxy Laqekero scored a fine consolation try. Owain Davies converted from the touch line to add to his brace of penalties.

The Army has had a very good competition and Head Coach Andy Sanger will recognise new faces have entered the tortuous frame of selection for Army honours. None more so than wing Chris Leathem and scrum half Apo Vata. Just those two gives him options.

The Fijians have articulated the joys of rugby. No other team reached such heights and, in truth, they transformed the Defence Championship. It is very difficult seeing any nation wrest the Arthur Harrison VC Trophy back when the IDRC moves to Japan 2019.

Fiji win IDRC 2015

British ArmyTBC

 

Fiji15 PTE Tikilaci Vuibau 14 PTE Sevuloni Lutu 13 AB Josaia Lotawa 12 PTE Vilive Aria 11 PTE Levani  Kurimudu 10 PTE Josefa Basudra 9 OS Seru Cavuilati 1 AB Vesi Rarawa 2 CPL Sireli Ledua 3 PTE Penijamini Makutu 4 AB Save Tabakanalagi 5 PTE Daveta Koroitakali 6 PTE Manoa Tamaya 7 PTE Aminiasi Nava 8 AB JOLAME BERA (C) BENCH: 16 PTE Aseri Buli 17 PTE Banuve Dretiverata 18 PTE Kalivati Tawake 19 SAPPER Watisoni Radinikuva 20 PTE Jiuta Takubu 21 PTE Nemani Koroitamana 22 PTE Sanaila Vitau 23 LCPL Jaoji Dakuvula


3rd/4th PLAY OFF
France FRANCE 24 - 19 NEW ZEALAND New Zealand

Twickenham Stoop - Thursday 29th October 2015
KO: 15:00

HIGHLIGHTS

FranceTBC

 

New Zealand15 Glen Bellam 14 Jared Deal 13 Logan Broughton 12 LOGAN VAUGHAN (C) 11 Tafa Tafa 10 Ben Wyness 9 Hamish Pyne 1 Danny Wanoa 2 Cameron Wright 3 Karl Furey 4 Mike Davys 5 Sonni Woodmass 6 Jimmy Berghan 7 Sergio Hollis 8 Ben Achilles BENCH: 16 Sam Prosser 17 Angus White 18 Charlie Togia 19 John Bailey 20 Rawiri Roughton 21 Barney Te Kani 22 Matiu Abraham 23 Chance Thompson

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Plate Final

Royal NavyROYAL NAVY 32 - 7 GEORGIA*Georgia

Maidenhead RFC - Tuesday 27th October 2015
KO: 19:00

Match Report

Royal NavyKyle Mason, Ben Priddey (C), John Court, John Lamsin, Edd Pascoe, Ben Fox, Jarrad Hayler, Dave Fairbrother, Johnny Stephen, Richard Cadywould, Matt Bowden, Matt Tichias, Sam Davies, Greg Welling, Jon Humphrey BENCH: Ian Cooper, Joe Burton, Josh Terry, Seta Raumakita, Cory Moore, Darren Bamford, Silvenuis Buinimasi, Tom Davies

GeorgiaEstatia, Sutizde, Bursaliani, Katsitadze, Tatulashvilli, Gnentsadze, Malsagishvilli, Mevikidze, Chendle, Dogonadze, Gulua, Gurabanidze, Giorgashvilli, Margiam, Kenia BENCH: Kipshidze, Kharshiladze, Geradze, Zibzibadze, Batiatvi, Kacashvilli, Jafaridze, Chikoradze

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Semi Finals

New Zealand NEW ZEALAND 15 - 40 BRITISH ARMYBritish Army

Twickenham Stoop - Friday 23rd October 2015
KO:
18:30 HT: 30-10

HIGHLIGHTS

Match Report

New Zealand15 Glen Bellam 14 Jared Deal 13 Logan Broughton 12 LOGAN VAUGHAN (C) 11 Tafa Tafa 10 Ben Wyness 9 Rawiri Broughton 1 Angus White 2 Cameron Wright 3 Karl Furey 4 Charlie Togia 5 Sonni Woodmass 6 Jimmy Berghan 7 Sergio Hollis 8 Ben Achilles BENCH: 16 Sam Prosser 17 David Motutere 18 Mike Davys 19 John Bailey 20 Hamish Pyne 21 Barney Te Kani 22 Matiu Abraham 23 Chance Thompson

British Army15 Bdr Owain Davies 14 Rgr Chris Leathem 13 Cpl Peceli Nacamavuto 12 Cpl Gerhard Wessels 11 Pte Junior Bulumakau 10 Pte Jack Prasad 9 Cpl Tom Chennell 1 LCpl Ricky Reeves 2 LSgt Matty Dwyer 3 LCpl Chris Budgen 4 Lt Will Jones 5 SSgt Darrell Ball 6 LBdr Iferemi Boladau 7 LCpl Joe Nayacavou 8 LCpl Maku Koroiyadi BENCH: 16 Cpl Craig Fillier 17 Bdr Ken Dowding 18 Cpl Warren Ross-Allen 19 CSgt Paul Llewellyn 20 Spr Knoxy Laqekoro 21 Spr Apo Vata 22 Cpl James Farrell 23 LCpl Scott Watkins

 


FijiFIJI 37 - 12 FRANCEFrance

Twickenham Stoop - Friday 23rd October 2015
KO:
15:00 HT: 13-9

HIGHLIGHTS

Fiji15 Tikilaci Vuibau 14 Sevuloni Lutu 13 Josaia Lotawa 12 Vilive Aria 11 Levani Kurimudu 10 Josefa Basudra 9 Seru Cavuilati 1 Vesi Rarawa 2 Sireli Ledua 3 Penijamini Makutu 4 Save Tabakanalagi 5 Daveta Koroitakali 6 Manoa Tamaya 7 Aminiasi Nava 8 Jolame Bera 16 Aseri Buli 17 Banuve Dretiverata 18 Kalivati Tawake 19 Watisoni Radinikuva 20 Jiuta Takubu 21 Nemani Koroitamana 22 Sanaila Vitau 23 Jaoji Dakuvula

France15 Romian Babeau 14 Jimmy Pechaud 13 Jean Marc Petoton 12 Clement Veau 11 Thibault Mercier 10 Damien Anon 1 Tuani Kafoa 2 Loic Barberel 3 Mohamed Naouas 4 Alexandre Fernandes 5 Juanito Takosi 6 Antoine Robichon 7 Jonathan Abadie 8 Gabriel Quesrel BENCH: 16 Reni Zuppel 17 Franck Carrere 18 Matthias Captus 19 Gaetan Aninat 20 Thibault Dufau 21 Frederic Corbella 22 Clement Pina-Abaujo 23 Julen Gallego

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Quarter Finals

QF2
RAFROYAL AIR FORCE 13 - 29 FRANCEFrance

RAF Halton - Monday 19th October 2015
KO: 11:30

HIGHLIGHTS

Match Report

 

PLATE SF2
JapanJAPAN 28 - 26 GEORGIAGeorgia

Aldershot - Monday 19th October 2015
KO: 13:00

Match Report

 

QF3
TongaTONGA 8 - 45 NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand

RAF Halton - Monday 19th October 2015
KO: 14:30

HIGHLIGHTS

Match Report

 

PLATE SF1
Royal NavyROYAL NAVY 116 - 0 CANADACanada

Portsmouth - Monday 19th October 2015
KO: 15:00

Match Report

 

QF4
British ArmyBRITISH ARMY 54 - 17 SOUTH AFRICASouth Africa

Aldershot - Monday 19th October 2015
KO: 16:00

HIGHLIGHTS

Match Report

 

QF1
FijiFIJI 62 - 8 AUSTRALIA Australia

Portsmouth - Monday 19th October 2015
KO: 19:00

HIGHLIGHTS

Match Report

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Round 2

GeorgiaGEORGIA 12 - 92 TONGATonga

RAF Halton - Thursday 15th October 2015
KO: 11:30 (Pool C)

Match Report

 

AustraliaAUSTRALIA 145 - 7 CANADACanada

Aldershot - Thursday 15th October 2015
KO: 13:00 (Pool B)

Match Report

 

RAFROYAL AIR FORCE 24 - 7 SOUTH AFRICASouth Africa

RAF Halton - Thursday 15th October 2015
KO: 14:30 (Pool C)

 Match Report

 

New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 6 - 34 FIJIFiji

Portsmouth - Thursday 15th October 2015
KO: 15:30 (Pool A)

Match Report

 

British ArmyBRITISH ARMY 23 - 24 FRANCEFrance

Aldershot - Thursday 15th October 2015
KO: 16:00 (Pool B)

Match Report

 

Royal NavyROYAL NAVY 64 - 11 JAPANJapan

Portsmouth - Thursday 15th October 2015
KO: 19:00 (Pool A)

Match Report

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Round 2

TongaTONGA 31 - 32 SOUTH AFRICASouth Africa

RAF Halton - Monday 12th October 2015
KO: 11:30 (Pool C)

Match Report

 

FranceFRANCE 11 - 15 AUSTRALIAAustralia

Aldershot - Monday 12th October 2015
KO: 13:00 (Pool B)

Match Report

 

RAFROYAL AIR FORCE 87 - 12 GEORGIAGeorgia

RAF Halton - Monday 12th October 2015
KO: 14:30 (Pool C)

Match Report

 

FijiFIJI 78 - 3 JAPANJapan

Portsmouth - Monday 12th October 2015
KO: 15:30 (Pool A)

Match Report

 

British ArmyBRITISH ARMY 128 - 6 CANADACanada

Aldershot - Monday 12th October 2015
KO: 16:00 (Pool B)

Match Report

 

Royal NavyROYAL NAVY 24 - 34 NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand

Portsmouth - Monday 12th October 2015
KO: 19:00 (Pool A)

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Round 1

South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 83 - 3 GEORGIAGeorgia

RAF Halton - Thursday 8th October 2015
KO: 11:30 (Pool C)

Match Report

 

FranceFRANCE 76 - 10 CANADACanada

Aldershot - Thursday 8th October 2015
KO: 13:00 (Pool B)

Match Report

 

RAFROYAL AIR FORCE 18 - 21 TONGATonga

RAF Halton - Thursday 8th October 2015
KO: 14:30 (Pool C)

Match Report

 

JapanJAPAN 5 - 55 NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand

Portsmouth - Thursday 8th October 2015
KO: 15:30 (Pool A)

Match Report

 

British ArmyBRITISH ARMY 62 - 0 AUSTRALIAAustralia

Aldershot - Thursday 8th October 2015
KO: 16:00 (Pool B)

Match Report

 

Royal NavyROYAL NAVY 17 - 51 FIJIFiji

Portsmouth - Thursday 8th October 2015
KO: 19:00 (Pool A)

Match Report

 

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Pools


POOL A


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

P

Fiji

3

3

0

0

161

26

15

New Zealand

3

2

0

1

95

61

10

Royal Navy

3

1

0

2

105

96

5

Japan

3

0

0

3

19

197

0

POOL B


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

P

British Army

3

2

0

1

213

30

11

France

3

2

0

1

111

48

10

Australia

3

2

0

1

160

79

9

Canada

3

0

0

3

22

349

0


POOL C


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

P

Tonga

3

2

0

1

144

62

11

RAF

3

2

0

1

129

40

10

South Africa

3

2

0

1

122

58

10

Georgia

3

0

0

3

27

262

0

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Tickets

POOLS, QFs & PLATE FINAL

Entry to all pool, quarter finals and plate final is FREE.

 

Semi Finals

Tickets for the Semi Finals on Friday 23rd October at The Twickenham Stoop are priced at just

£10

Final

Tickets for the Final on Thursday 29th October at The Twickenham Stoop are priced at just

£15

 

You can buy tickets from the following outlets...

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Venues

British Army ALDERSHOT

 

Army Rugby Stadium
Queens Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 2TD

 

Royal Navy PORTSMOUTH

 

Royal Navy Rugby Stadium
HMS TEMERAIRE, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 2HB

 

RAF HALTON

 

The Royal Air Force Rugby Ground
RAF Halton, Halton, Bucks HP22 5PG

 

Maidenhead RFC MAIDENHEAD

 

Maidenhead RFC
Braywick Rd, Maidenhead, West Berkshire SL6 1BN

 

Harlequins TWICKENHAM

 

Twickenham Stoop
Langhorn Drive, Twickenham TW2 7SX

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Fixtures IDRC 2015

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