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Prior to the formation of the Corps there had been intense rivalry between the RAOC and the RCT but following April 1993 this was put aside. In the September of that year the RLC rugby 1st XV began their first campaign in the ARU Merit Table, from which the Corps has never looked back.


The Corps side has evolved over the years and its centre of gravity has shifted around the units; in the early nineties it was based on 4 GS Regt, later on it was 9 Sup Regt and latterly 23 Pnr and 17 P&M Regts. There has been mixed fortunes over the years in the Merit Table but there have been significantly more wins than losses with the winners trophy being awarded on six occasions. In recent years operational commitments have impacted on the continuity however the team has remained relatively successful having been the runners-up for two out of the past three years.


Women's rugby in the Army has developed significantly over the past few seasons with the RLC at the forefront of this evolution with the Corps women having formed the backbone of representative sides up to and including the Combined Services. In 2009 eight of the Corps women played in the Army's highly successful inter-services competition. In the 2007/08 season the RLC women were the Corps champions after a fiercely contested final and began 2009/10 well sweeping all competition aside in winning the VT Land Inter-Corps competition and the inaugural Palestine Cup against the REME(W).


Veterans rugby has also gathered significant pace with the RLC regularly fielding a team and meeting 7 or 8 fixtures a season; the RLC also provides significant numbers to the Army Veterans, sending 5 representatives to Australia where they won the World Masters. The evolution of the Women's and Veteran’s teams are in the main down to Captain Alan Tindale without whom it is very much doubted that these two sides would enjoy the current levels of participation and past success.


There have been numerous memorable moments in the first 16 years with big tours around the world including Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa. The Corps' units have seen success in the Army Cup (7s and XVs), ARU Community Cup and tournaments such as the Akrotiri 10s and the Flanders 10s. Of particular note was WO2 Mark Botten being the first RLC player capped for the Army and Staff Sergeant Andy Smith and WO2 Mal Roberts having represented England Counties and the Barbarians, on top of numerous Army and Combined Services Caps and Private Isoa Damu Damu being capped as an England Sevens International. In 2009 Damu Damu was recognised by the Corps and awarded the RLC Sports Personality of the Year and Corporal Sarah Hudson won Sportswoman of the Year.


The Corps Senior XV will tour the USA in 2011.


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