The Australian Defence Force Rugby Union men’s team cruised into the semi-finals of the quadrennial International Defence Rugby Competition in Japan after winning its first game by forfeit.

Head coach Warrant Officer Dave Carter said he was confident in his side and their preparation and hoped to bring the title home this year.

“We’re here to win it, one game at a time,” Warrant Officer Carter said.

“The strength and conditioning team provided a training plan to the squad three months ago with measurable goals and targets to reach before the camp commencing.

“Our first game was against the Tongan Defence Force, who unfortunately didn’t arrive in time. After that, we’re up against the Kiwis.

“Looking at the draw I expect to play Fiji and then the UK in the final. It’s a big goal.”

Part of the development of the team since 2015 has  focuses not only the improvement of current players, but also the recruitment and harnessing of new talent.

You can follow the team's progress at https://www.mod.go.jp/e/publ/olympic/idrc/index.html and https://www.facebook.com/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/