Armed Forces rugby union

As the world's best rugby teams arrive in the UK for the Autumn Internationals, military players are gearing up for Remembrance clashes.

Past seasons have seen the UK Armed Forces team take on the Barbarians and Premiership outfit Bath.

This year they face further West Country opposition, with a mid-week tussle against Bristol United at Ashton Gate.

The Remembrance Match is the one fixture a year when all three services come together as one UK Armed Forces side.

Head coach WO2 Gareth Evans is hoping to mastermind a UKAF victory in Bristol.

He says this is the sports way of remembering the fallen:

"It's our opportunity to remember all the sports players and military men who've come back or unfortunately not come back in the past."

WO2 Gareth Evans

The honour of leading UKAF on the pitch this year goes to Rob Bell.

The compact back row forward plays his club rugby at Henley.

Capped by the RAF at XVs and in sevens the Halton-based instructor ranks this as the highlight of his forces playing career.

Rob Bell

"Remembrance has been going on for 100 years now and we had a talk from the Royal British Legion just before training that [told us] it's not just about remembering those from 100 years ago... It's about remembering family, friends and the fallen from the past."

Wednesday will be the seventh occasion UK Armed Forces have faced a Bristol XV.

Having only recorded two previous victories in the fixture, they military men will be eager to taste success once more - but overall represent all three services with pride.

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