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NZ Army Womens Rugby Clash With UK Counterparts

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21 May 2008 - The NZ Army Women's Rugby team will clash with the British Army Rugby Union Women's Team (ARUW) as part of their Centenary Tour of New Zealand at Linton Military Camp on Thursday 22 May at 2:00pm.

This is a reciprocal game following on from the NZ Army Men's and Women's Rugby Teams 2005 tour of the UK, held in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of 1945 - 46 Khaki Kiwi's Tour.

The Women played five games on tour, winning four of them, including the historic test against the Army Rugby Union Women's Team.

The ARUW team is the current UK inter-services champions, and is made up of 37 serving personnel from 12 different Corps and Regiments within the British Army. The team includes several international players.

A player to watch for in this touring side is Captain Amy Bywater-Lutman, a NZ Army officer currently posted to the UK. Capt Bywater-Lutman was also part of the NZ Contingent that toured as part of the Khaki Kiwi's Tour in 2005.

Players to watch for in the NZ Army Women's side include Black Fern, Captain Anika Tiplady, and several current provincial players from Canterbury and Manawatu.

"We aim to keep our perfect record against our Brit counterparts. It will be a challenge as we have quite a few rookies in the team so we will be using the game as a springboard for things to come, as well as showcasing the game for other female soldiers who might be interested in the vibrant culture that is Women's Rugby," says prop Staff Sergeant Dixie Jones.

The British Army Rugby Union Women's team are also playing against a Canterbury XV and an Auckland XV prior to departing back to the UK on 2 June.

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