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Fort Benning, Ga. - Defending champions Air Force are in the driver's seat after two impressive victories on Day One of the United States Armed Forced Rugby Championships.

The USAF's 34-0 shutout of the Marine Corps and 31-5 defeat of the United States Navy weren't particularly surprising, given the Air Force's domination of this competition in recent years. But what was somewhat surprising was Coast Guard's start. The USCG showed solid defense in beating the Navy 18-8 and the United States Army 19-7 to go 2-0.

Cast Guard was second last year, beating Navy and the Marines, tying Army, and losing to Air Force in pool play and the final.

Air Force has won the last seven Armed Forces Championships.

Armed Forces Championships W L T Pf Pa Pd
US Air Force 2 0 0 65 5 60
US Coast Guard 2 0 0 37 15 22
US Army 1 1 0 44 19 25
US Navy 0 2 0 13 49 -36
US Marine Corps 0 2 0 0 71 -71


The referees for the first day of matches were:

Dave Jameson
Pete Smith
Pete Winkelbauer
Olivia Nigh
Nick Priscott



Friday sees Round Two:
Coast Guard v Marine Corps
Army v. Air Force
Marine Corps v. Navy
Air Force v. Coast Guard
Navy v. Army

On Saturday, the top two teams face off for the championship, while the next two play for 3rd.


Previous Armed Forces Champions:


Winners Runenrs Up
2010 Air Force Coast Guard
2009 Air Force Army
2008 Air Force Navy
2007 Air Force Army
2006 Air Force
2005 Air Force
2004 Air Force
2003 Army Air Force
2002 Air Force Navy
2001 Army Navy
2000 Army Air Force
1999 Army Air Force
1998 Army Marines
1997 Army Marines
1996 Army Navy
1995 Army Marines
1994 Army Marines
1993 Navy Marines
1992 Air Force Navy
1991 Coast Guard Air Force
1990 Air Force Navy
1989 Air Force Army
1988 Marines Coast Guard
1987 Army Marines
1986 Marines Coast Guard