Gareth 'Bombhead' Smith

Gareth 'Bombhead' Smith

A mobile and versatile prop forward who can play either loose head or on the tight head of the scrum, Gareth has won four caps in Army colours and gained his first UK Armed Forces cap in the win over Bristol in the 2017 Remembrance Match.  A corporal in the Royal Welsh Gareth progressed to the Senior squad through the Army U23 and Academy system and is looking to continue his rugby development both within Army rugby and outside.  He has already played for Wasps in the Aviva Premiership A league and is currently with London Scottish FC where he has also made a couple of appearances.  Clearly enjoying his rugby Bombhead is proud to wear the famous red jersey and be part of 'a great team with a bunch of very talented players'.

Corporal Matt Dawson

With six Army caps and two UK Armed Forces caps, Matt is quickly establishing himself as an accomplished open-side flanker but who has been known to move forward to hooker when required. A member of the Army's Intelligence Corps, Matt's potential within the Army set-up has long been known but he announced himself to a wider audience with his man of the match performance against the French Army in 2016.  If 2016 was ultimately to prove to be a disappointing year Matt was at his devastating best in the 2017 match against the RAF as the Army produced one of their best displays of rugby for a few years on the way to regaining the Inter Service title.

Matt Dawson
Pete Austin

Lance Bombardier Pete Austin

Pete joined the Army with a well established rugby pedigree have been part of the respected London Irish Academy as well as playing for the famous Hawkes Bay Club in New Zealand.  Despite only joining the Army in 2013 he has already accumulated twelve caps for the Senior XV as well as winning two caps for UK Armed Forces.  A missile operator in the Royal Artillery, Peter is another Army player currently playing his civilian rugby with London Scottish FC where his all round game continues to receive praise.  However within the Army squad, as with many positions, he is in a constant battle with the likes of Matt Dwyer for the starting shirt.

Ranger Chris Leathem

Alongside winning eleven Army caps, Chris Leathem holds the distinction of being the only player to have played in all four UK Armed Forces capped matches since they were rebranded from Combined Services.  He also has the honour of scoring the first try for UK Armed Forces and is their top try scorer.  Another try record he holds is the most tries for the Army side, in a capped match, when he crossed the whitewash eight times in the 2015 game against Canada as part of the International Defence Forces Rugby Cup.  Serving in the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, Chris' early rugby was nurtured through the Ulster Development rugby set-up before making his Army debut in 2014.  When not playing for the Army he represents Birmingham Moseley in National League 1.

Chris Leathem
Craig Edwards

Craig Edwards joined the Army in 2012 and has been capped for the Army VIIs, the Senior XV and also for the UK Armed Forces.  Probably best known for his VIIs prowess he is developing in to a serious attacking threat in both versions of the game and will be looking to add to his single Senior XV cap which he gained against Russia last season.  The match against Russia was played in Spain and Craig was awarded his VIIs cap in Colorado, USA and his UKAF Cap in Bath.  It must be rare for a Service player to have received three different representative caps in such a spread of locations.