The Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union (RANRU) was formed in 1912 and has progressively grown from strength to strength throughout its long history. The RAN recognises the benefits of the sport of rugby, considered a premier team sport throughout the World, which encourages fitness and fosters the type of teamwork and camaraderie sought by many modern corporations.
RANRU proudly fosters both male and female rugby union at all levels within Navy, the Australian Defence Force and the community. In addition to unit-level challenges, the RANRU participates in a number of development fixtures against other representative sides. From these various fixtures, events and development camps the Navy Senior Men's and Women's national squads are selected for the Australian Defence Force Rugby Union Championships (ADFRU-C) - the pinnacle of the annual Defence rugby calendar. These national men’s, women’s and Under 21s squads undertake special event tournaments and international tours, including the triennial Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup, and the Admiral's Cup.
Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO RAN
Chief of Navy
Royal Australian Navy