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Australian Defence Force
New Zealand Defence Force
Australian Federal Police
Tonga Defence Services
Papua New Guinea Defence Force
French Armed Forces
South African National Defence Force
Royal Air Force
Chinese People's Liberation Army
Game day 1 -- Saturday, October 1, at Vikings Park,
Game day 2 -- Wednesday, October 5, at T.G. Millner
Field, Eastwood, Sydney
Game day 3 -- Sunday, October 9, at Viking Park,
Quarter finals -- Thursday, October 13, at T.G. Millner
Field, Eastwood, Sydney
Pools plate competition semi-finals -- Thursday,
October 13, at Victoria Barracks, Sydney
Pools Plate competition finals -- Sunday, October
16, at Vikings Park, Wanniassa, Canberra
IDRC semi finals -- Tuesday, October 18, at North
Shore Rugby Football Club, New Zealand
IDRC finals -- Saturday, October 22, at Auckland
University Oval, New Zealand
More information: www.idrc2011.com
OUR CONTENDERS: At the time of going to print, we had no idea which Air Force players would make the latest
squad for the IDRC. For some months a watch list of 60 ADF players has been tested in games and training
camps. On August 17, a possibles versus probables trial was scheduled for Canberra after which the squad would
be pruned to 35. All we can say is that Air Force has a number contenders for the squad, including AC Darren
Bruce, pictured above trying to break Navy's tackle at the tri-service titles this year; LAC Chris Tuttiet, pictured
right for ASRU against New Zealand Defence Force; and FLGOFF Andre Holmes, inset, front, in the scrum during
the Kapooka 10s this year.
Photos: LAC Bill Solomou, CPL Aaron Curran and LS Paul Berry
Union will be
one of 12 teams
parallel with the
World Cup. LCPL
THE Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU) faces
some unknowns in its quest to win the International De-
fence Rugby Competition (IDRC) 2011, according to com-
petition director Glenn Crosland.
The ASRU is one of 12 teams contesting the competi-
tion, which will be officially opened at the Sydney Cricket
Ground on September 29.
"We know how good ASRU, New Zealand and Tonga
are in the Pacific region, but are we as good as the British
Army or the Royal Navy?" Mr Crosland said.
"What we do know is that the annual British Army and
Royal Navy match at Twickenham had a crowd of 63,000
watching the game."
The ADF is playing host to the IDRC in Canberra and
Sydney and, in partnership with the New Zealand Defence
Force, in Auckland.
The tournament will open with three gala game days
involving four matches a day.
Mr Crosland said the IDRC was CDF GEN David
Hurley's idea and planning of the event started in 2009.
"The intention is to hold a complementary IDRC every
time a Rugby World Cup is held in the same place and time
hosted by that country's defence force," Mr Crosland said.
The ASRU team was deep in preparation to put the
best team possible together.
Samoa, whose defence is the responsibility of New
Zealand, has entered its Samoan Police Rugby Union
The US had intended to field a team but pulled out,
leaving a void that was filled by the Australian Federal
Police to balance out the 12 teams needed for the com-
Mr Crosland said the Chinese People's Liberation
Army (PLA) had embraced rugby union in the past six to
"Having China on board is a massive coup as it
gives the ADF the chance to engage more closely with
the PLA and one of the best ways to do that is through
sport," Mr Crosland said.
"I expect the Chinese team will be big and strong but
their technical competence is unknown."
Teams will start arriving in Australia from
September 24 and will be staying on Defence bases
between Sydney and Canberra, including RAAF
Bases Glenbrook and Richmond, Liverpool Military
Area, Randwick Barracks, HMAS Harman and RMC
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