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New Army Rugby Head Coach 'Wants To Compete For Titles'

The Army's new rugby head coach, Major Burnie Burnard, says he is looking to make a team that will "compete" for titles.

The Army's new rugby head coach, Major Burnie Burnard, says he is looking to make a team that will "compete" for titles. 

The Major succeeded Andy Sanger, who led his side to a 22-14 victory in this year's Army vs Navy match.

Major Sanger moved to Harlequins as a player development manager at the end of last season.

However, despite that triumph over the Navy it was the Royal Air Force who won the Inter-Services Championship.

Speaking to Forces News, Major Burnie Burnard admitted the job is carrying pressure:

"There's always pressure at Army league sport level.

"But it's a huge privilege, I'd like to think I've got the character and the background, and also, more importantly, the playing group where we can potentially be successful."

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When asked how his side will differ from Sanger's, Major Burnard said: "Probably not a lot different.

"In the Army, we're proud of our values and standards, our attitude and behaviours, so we'll probably focusing on them and making sure that the playing group this year fully buy into those standards.

"The other two services have been absolutely fantastic and they've built teams that compete and that's what I want, I want to be involved in a competitive championship.

"I'll make sure the Army team is as well prepared as we can be so that if we stick to our processes, then we'll give a good account of ourselves."

The Army senior side starts their season against the University of Oxford next month.