The Army Medical Services is capitalising on the growing popularity of women's rugby union by running an initiative to get more women and girls to try the sport.

A training camp dubbed 'Zero to Hero' has been taking place at the home of Army rugby in Aldershot.

The grassroots-level initiative is now in its second season after a successful first outing last year.

It's aiming to unearth players who might like to play for their unit or even go on and represent the Army Women's senior side - and participation levels would suggest that the project is working.

Army Medical Services women's rugby

Helping the AMS is Lou Dennis, the Army's new rugby development officer, whose role is to help nurture players and coaches within the service.

Already impressed with the standard of play from this crop of oval ball novices she's looking forward to working with other units and corps sides in the future.

Once converted, it's hoped participants will look to continue their interest in the game and come away from the training camp with skills that will benefit them in the day job.

At the moment the AMS is the only corps running this initiative but following its popularity, other cap badges will be encouraged to follow suit.

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