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To celebrate 25 great years of rambling, we invite all
ex-Rams for a reunion in Canberra:
Fri: 2011 Presentation evening at Manuka Oval, $70pp
Sat: Past v Present exhibition match at ADFA at 1330h
followed by a reunion in the Cadets' mess
Sun: Lunch at Olims Hotel
Any questions and RSVPs please contact Matt at
ADFA Rams 25th
21-23 October 2011
RSVP AND PAYMENT BY 10 OCT
Army September 29, 2011
LCPL Mark Doran and John Martin
ASRU's first assignment in IDRC
will be against the Tongan Defence
Services (TDS) at T.G. Millner Field
at Eastwood in Sydney on Wednesday,
October 5 in a game in which the
Aussies have an old score to settle.
ASRU will not only have to with-
stand the Sipi Tau, which is a version of
the Tongan kailao war dance, but also
the might and strength of the Tongans on
ASRU coach Capt Damien Cahill,
ALPC, knows how hard the task will be.
"The Tongans are physically superb
specimens for the game," he said.
"They are all big, powerful and fast."
ASRU last played Tonga in the
Pacific Nations Military tournament in
Canberra in October last year.
In order to make the final of that
competition, ASRU had to beat Tonga in
its last pool game.
ASRU fought back from 28-3 down
to lose by just one point, 35-34.
Both teams have been grouped in
Pool A with the People's Liberation
Army from China.
Tonga will play China in the opening
day of the competition at Viking Park in
Canberra on Saturday, October 1.
ASRU plays Tonga and then plays
China in Canberra on October 9.
TDS's public affairs officer Leut-
Cmdr Solomone Savelio said four mem-
bers of the team had international expe-
rience beyond military circles.
"This competition means a lot to us,
as we have to show the public that we
can do anything and also our team can
bring happiness to our people."
Surprises in final team
By LCpl Mark Doran
FORMER Australian Services Rugby
Union captain and current team trainer
Cpl Ricky Dumigan, 2/17RNSWR, was
the biggest surprise pick in the final team
for the ASRU Warriors as it prepared
for the International Defence Rugby
ASRU coach Capt Damien Cahill,
ALPC, said Cpl Dumigan was an exception-
ally fit person who had been training the
squad and still had the skills and ability to
fill a position lacking experienced players.
"He is filling an awkward space for
us as he is our strength and conditioning
trainer, but he is still one of the best half-
backs in Defence."
Eighteen of the 30 players in the team
are from Army and Capt Cahill said the
team was coming together at the right time.
"Physically and in set-piece we are
getting there -- our defensive systems are
starting to work well, but we still have a bit
to go in terms of our attack," Capt Cahill
"We can only control what we can con-
trol -- we can't control the on-field man-
agement -- we can only do our best to
ensure we are in situations where it doesn't
impact upon us."
ASRU faced Tasmania and the Victorian
state team comprising mainly Rebel Rising
members in Wagga Wagga on September
10-11 and in Melbourne they again chal-
lenged the Victorians on September 16.
ASRU beat Tasmania 17-9 and
Victoria'won the next match in a hard-hit-
ting, physical game with a score of 34-14.
Capt Cahill said ASRU's execution let
them down in the game against Tasmania
and they probably left five or six tries on
"The Victorian players were a well-
drilled, professional team and they were
mostly big Polynesians," Capt Cahill said.
"This was exactly what the team need-
ed as a prelude to challenging Tonga on
October 5 at the IDRC.
"We learnt we have to lift our intensity
at the breakdown in order to win the con-
"It was a tight match and the back row
was outstanding, but we need to work on
gaining greater penetration in our attack
and developing the ability to change our
point of attack."
It was an improved effort on September
16 with another fierce match against
Victoria with the ASRU Warriors losing by
only three points 19-16.
Capt Cahill said they had to reach deep-
er into the squad, as six of the starting
15 were out from injury, but the match
showed the benefits of a week's solid train-
ing in Melbourne at Simpson Barracks.
"We came up against a stronger
Victorian side, which we dominated in the
lineout and for most of the game gained
parity in the scrums," he said.
The final ASRU preparatory challenge
was scheduled to be played on September
25 against the Australian Barbarians at
-- Meet the full team: centrepiece
ASRU to face
Tonga in first test
Making the grade: LCpl Joven Clarke, 3RAR, takes
on the Tasmanian opposition (above) as Cpl Ricky
Dumigan, 2/17RNSWR, (inset) stars in the MilPac
last November. Cpl Dumigan was a surprise pick in
Photos by LAC Bill Solomou and LS Paul McCallum
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