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Armed Forces Sports Concludes Inaugural Women’s Rugby Tournament with Army Taking Gold
WILMINGTON, N.C. (June 6, 2019) -- Navy faces off against Marine Corps on day two of the inaugural Armed Forces Women's Rugby Championship held in Wilmington, N.C. July 5-7, 2019. This historic event features the best female rugby players from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, who will compete for the title of the first ever Women's Rugby Champs (U.S. Dept. of Defense photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Patrick Gordon/RELEASED)
July 11, 2019 - Armed Forces Sports (AFS) wrapped up its first ever Women’s Rugby Championship June 7 in Wilmington North Carolina. The historic event was capped by an awards ceremony that saw Army take the gold going undefeated in the tournament, followed closely by the Marines who earned silver with three wins and one loss.

Field to Pitch - Marine Takes On Two Sports for Armed Forces
WILMINGTON, N.C. (June 6, 2019) -- Capt. Kate Herren carries the ball down the pitch during the Marine Corps-Coast Guard rugby match on day two of the inaugural Armed Forces Women's Rugby Championship held in Wilmington, N.C. July 5-7, 2019. This historic event features the best female rugby players from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, who will compete for the title of the first ever Women's Rugby Champs (U.S. Dept. of Defense photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Patrick Gordon/RELEASED)
July 10, 2019 - Captain Kate Herren strikes the imposing model of a Marine – lean, energetic, and a look of determination in her eyes as she faces her opponents. Advancing up the field with her fellow Marines, she and her team seem unstoppable; taking blow after blow they move forward, getting knocked down but never staying down, all with the goal of victory foremost in mind.

Armed Forces Sports Kicks Off Inaugural Women’s Rugby Championship in Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. (June 5, 2019) Day one of the Inaugural Armed Forces Women's Rugby Championship held in Wilmington, N.C. from July 5-7, 2019.  This historic event features the best female Rugby players from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, who will compete for the title of the first ever Women's Rugby Champs.  (U.S. Dept. of Defense photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Patrick Gordon/Released)
July 6, 2019 - On a balmy summer’s afternoon in the heart of residential Wilmington, North Carolina, history was made when women of all five U.S. armed service branches faced off in the first Armed Forces Women’s Rugby Championship on the pitch of the Cape Fear Rugby Football Club July 5.

Hospital Corpsman finds Home in Rugby
GLENDALE, Colo. – Navy Hospital Corpsman Cyprian Shimenga of Portsmouth, Va. stands if front of the pitch at 2018 Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Championship at Infinity Park, home of Rugbytown USA (Glendale, Colo.), Aug. 24-26, 2018. All Five Service branches are represented individually to compete in the 7th annual head-to-head competition. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Caswell (Released).
Aug. 29, 2018 - Hospital Corpsman Cyprian Shimenga of NMC Portsmouth, Va. has played rugby since he was a teenager, from growing up in Kenya, to graduating from West Virginia University. Rugby is still constant in his life as he represents the U.S. Navy on the All Navy Rugby Team.

Army wins sixth-straight Armed Forces Rugby Sevens title
GLENDALE, Colo. – The US Army and the US Air Force rugby teams congratulate each other after the championship rugby game during the Rugbytown 7s tournament. All Five Service branches are represented

individually to compete in the 7th annual RugbyTown 7s competition. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Cleary (Released).
Aug. 27, 2018 - In a sweeping victory, Army captured their sixth straight Armed Forces Rugby 7’s Championship with a 12-7 win over the Air Force at Infinity Park in Glendale Colorado on August 25.

U.S. Service teams go head to head in Armed Forces 7's Competition
Aug. 27, 2018 - The 2018 Armed Forces Rugby 7’s tournament will welcome teams from every military service in the United States. It will be held from August 24 – August 26 at Infinity Park for the 7th year in a row. The tournament will be conducted in single round-robin games on August 24 – August 25 followed by a championship match on August 26. Infinity Park is a cultural cornerstone in Colorado and boasts the first rugby-specific stadium in the country.

U.S. Armed Forces Women's Rugby Team Competes at National Development Academy Tournament
U.S. Armed Forces Women's Rugby Team competed in the  Women's Academy Tournament this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, CA.
June 18, 2018 - USA Rugby will host a seven team Women's Academy Tournament this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, CA. Set to take place June 16-17, six academy teams and the Women's Collegiate All-American Sevens (WCAA 7s) will participate in a round-robin competition to showcase their developed talent for the opportunity to earn 2018-19 residency contracts or to play for an open spot for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 High Performance Camp.

Army captures fourth straight Armed Forces Rugby crown with 55-5 win over Air Force
The 2016 Armed Forces Rugby CHampionship gold medal team, the U.S. Army.  Army captured their fourth straight Armed Forces crown defeating Air Force 55-5 in the championship match.
Aug. 30, 2016 - GLENDALE, Colo. (Aug. 28, 2016) -- The Army captured their fourth straight title at the 2016 Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Championship at Infinity Park, home of Rugbytown USA (Glendale, Colo.), Aug. 26-27.

Army hosts first Armed Forces women's rugby camp
Marine 1st Lt. Jane Paar defends against a member of the Armed Forces Men's Rugby Team during a drill at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., Aug. 25, 2015. Paar is captain of the Armed Forces Women's Rugby Team and also plays for the U.S. National Team in San Diego.
Aug. 31, 2015 - FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. -- Sixteen service members reported Aug. 23 to the military's first training camp for women's rugby.

Soldiers win third consecutive Armed Forces Rugby Sevens crown
Spc. Faleniko Spino of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., drives for a try during All-Army's 43-12 victory over All-Air Force in the gold-medal game of the 2015 Armed Forces Rugby 7s Championship Tournament on Saturday at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM Public Affairs
Aug. 19, 2015 - GLENDALE, Colo. (Aug. 17, 2015) -- The All-Army team won its third consecutive crown at the 2015 Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Championship Tournament at Infinity Park, home of the Glendale Raptors, one of the nation's premier rugby clubs, Aug. 14-15.

Army Crushes Air Force 43-12 in 2015 Armed Forces Championship
Army Captures their third consecutive Armed Forces Rugby 7's title defeating the Air Force 43-12 in the championship match on 16 August at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., better known as Rugby Town USA.
Aug. 18, 2015 - Army repeats their Armed Forces Rugby 7's gold medal streak by capturing their third consecutive title. Complete results are below.

Army Captures Back-to-Back Armed Forces Rugby Title
The 2014 Armed Forces Rugby 7s Champions, All-Army. Standing Left to Right:  SGT Nuuese Punimata (Ft. Carson, CO),CPT John Bryant (South Carolina NG), SPC Kevin Harrison (Ft. Campbell, KY), MAJ Nate Conkey (JB Lewis-McChord, WA), SPC Michael Melendez-Rivera (Ft. Bragg, NC), SGT Matt Tago (Kaiserslautern, Germany), CPT Andrew Locke (Ft. Carson, CO)
Front Row Left to Right:  SPC Stephen Johnson (Ft. Bragg, NC), PFC Faleniko Spino (JB Lewis-McChord, WA), 1LT Uiki Leatigaga (Ft. Carson, CO), 1LT David Geib (Ft. Campbell, KY), 1LT Benjamin Paul (Ft. Benning, GA)
Aug. 21, 2014 - Glendale, Colo. (Aug. 17, 2014) – Army and Air Force repeated their 2013 performance by advancing to the finals, with the Army once again victorious in the 2014 Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Championship.

Army wins Armed Forces Rugby on last-second try
Maj. Nate Conkey of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., via Falls Church, Va., sets the defensive tone for All-Army during the Soldiers' 19-14 victory over All-Air Force in the gold-medal game of the 2013 Armed Forces Rugby Championships on Aug. 17 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM Public Affairs
Aug. 26, 2013 - GLENDALE, Colo. (Aug. 26, 2013) -- All seven Soldiers on the pitch touched the ball during All-Army's winning drive to the 2013 Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Championship