International representative rugby union has been played by the Australian military since World War I, but the Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU) did not come into being until 1963. The ASRU 1st XV has played almost 250 matches since the inception of ASRU, over 50 years ago.
Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, compulsory National Service linked to the Vietnam War had a positive influence on ASRU. The 1972 team remains one of ASRU’s most successful teams, recording victories against prominent representative teams, including Australian Universities, Sydney Rugby Union and Queensland Rugby Union.
ASRU’s best decade was the 1990s, winning 34 of 48 matches. The 1992 team toured the U.S. and swept all before them, including a 60-point victory against the U.S. Combined Services. The following year, ASRU made the final of the Australian Southern States Tournament. The pinnacle of the 1990s occurred in 1994 when ASRU defeated New South Wales Suburban, New South Wales Country, and the touring U.S. Combined Services team. The 1994 team continued its success during a tour to the UK, recording victories against the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army, before losing narrowly to UK Combined Services, 9-12.
The past half-decade has breathed new life into ASRU. In 2010, ASRU defeated the touring U.S. Combined Services team, followed later that year with their best performance at the Pacific Nations Military Cup, drawing with New Zealand Defence Force and narrowly missing the final. In 2011, ASRU made the final of the inaugural 12-team International Defence Rugby Competition, losing to the British Army. In 2013, ASRU toured Tonga, winning a test series against the Tongan Defence Services. ASRU and New Zealand Defence Force played a memorable Centenary of ANZAC test match in Canberra, earlier this year. New Zealand won that close fought encounter.
ASRU also has a women’s representative team. ASRU Women had four players selected in the 2014 Australian Wallaroos team, which competed at the Rugby World Cup, and currently has two players in the Australian Pearls 7s squad, vying for 2016 Olympics selection.
|APAITIA (PAI) MATALAU||ARMY||PROP/LOCK|
|SCOTT ASHURST||ARMY||HOOKER/LOOSE FORWARD|
|SHAUN CONNOLLY||RAAF||LOCK/LOOSE FORWARD|
|AIDEN KWAST||ARMY||LOCK/LOOSE FORWARD|
|LOGAN CHIN||ARMY||LOCK/LOOSE FORWARD|
|DOUGLAS HYNES||ARMY||LOCK/LOOSE FORWARD|
|SIAKA KING||ARMY||LOOSE FORWARD|
|LUKE MILES||ARMY||LOOSE FORWARD|
|ALEX BROWN||RAN||LOOSE FORWARD|
|WILL SOLWAY||RAN||LOOSE FORWARD|
|JOSH FRIEND||RAN||LOOSE FORWARD|
|ZAC STUDDERS||RAAF||LOOSE FORWARD|
|KERRY MCINERNEY||ARMY||LOOSE FORWARD|
|CLARK CHANCELLOR||RAN||HALF BACK|
|ROBBIE HARLOW||RAAF||HALF BACK/FIVE EIGHT|
|MATTHEW NIXON||ARMY||HALF BACK/FIVE EIGHT|
|DAMIEN HOUSE||RAN||FIVE EIGHT/CENTRE|
|JOSH GRAY||ARMY CENTRE/WING||DARYL SEDEN|
|ARTHUR ICONOMOU||RAAF||WING/FULL BACK|
|BRENDAN DUMBRELL||RAN||WING/FULL BACK|
|DWIGHT SHEPHERD||RAN||FULL BACK|
|LT COL ADAM BOYD||CONTINGENT COMMANDER|
|WO TONY (DOC) DOHERTY||HEAD COACH|
|SGT BRYAN HUDSON||ASST. COACH|
|CPL JEFF LINDSAY||MATCH ANALYST|
|SGT CHRIS WILKINSON||STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH|
|CPO JOHN OAKES||MANAGER|
|LT CDR CHLOE RYAN||DOCTOR|
|SQN LDR ANNA LEWIS||PHYSIO|
|MR FRED CANTLON||STRAPPER|
|FLT LT JAMES HAGAN||REFEREE|
Tony (Doc) Doherty is the ASRU Coach. He is a Navy Warrant Officer and has served 27 years. Prior to commencing his ASRU appointment in 2012, he was the Navy Coach. His Navy tenure included winning the 2011 Australian Services Rugby Championship title and contesting the 2012 Commonwealth Navy Rugby Championship. During the last four years, Doc has coached ASRU against fellow IDRC teams, New Zealand and Tonga. Doc has also been involved with Canberra-based Club, Queanbeyan, as the Premier Grade Assistant Coach. Queanbeyan made the Grand Final in 2014. In 2015, Doc was appointed Coach of the Australian Capital Territory Brumbies Junior Gold Cup Team, with the side remaining undefeated in the national competition until the Grand Final against the Western Force. The opportunity to coach ASRU at the IDRC is the pinnacle of Doc’s Australian Defence Force rugby coaching career. Doc will be assisted by Sergeant Bryan Hudson, Royal Australian Air Force.