Army Women Hard At Work Ahead Of Historic South Africa Clash

The Army Women are to provide South Africa's first opposition as the international side begins its tour of England...

The Army Women are to provide South Africa's first opposition as the international side begins its tour of England.

The world's top rugby union players are heading to Britain over the next few weeks, with the Autumn Internationals almost underway.

Saturday's historic showdown at Aldershot will be the first time the teams have met, as the Springboks warm up for a mid-week training match against England.

The Army players know they'll need to be on top of their game if they're to record victory, with the Southern Hemisphere side currently ranked 13th in the world.

But Captain Glyn Barraclough, the Army's head coach, is eager to mastermind a win and says the game is a chance for players and coaching staff alike to test themselves against first-class opposition:

"It's a fantastic opportunity... To play against international sides is what you aspire to do as a head coach."

"Putting the girls on the park against an international side who are going to push towards a World Cup... is phenomenal."

South Africa are to be just one of five international sides the Army will face this season, however, ahead of the inter-services campaign.

Army Women rugby training

The Netherlands, Germany, England Under 20s and the newly-formed Barbarians women's team are all to come, with Capt Barraclough saying it's testament to the Army's achievements in past years.

Amongst the top talent in the Army squad is Private Sarah Mimnagh, an Irish International who plays club rugby for Wasps.

The full-time firefighter and reservist is in line to earn her first Army cap against the South Africans. She admits the squad are relishing the fixture:

"Playing any kind of international side, the buzz is ridiculous."

The curtain-raiser for Saturday's game sees the Army Women's development team playing the British Police.

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