The date for next year’s Army v Navy rugby union matches at Twickenham has been announced.
The matches have been cancelled due to COVID in both 2020 and 2021, but the men’s and women’s fixtures for 2022 have now been confirmed.
The two fixtures between the British Army and Royal Navy will take place at Twickenham Stadium on 30 April 2022.
It will be the first time the women’s match has been played at Twickenham.
In a statement, the Army v Navy Match Committee said: “It was with heavy hearts in December 2020 that the committees of the Royal Navy Rugby Union, Army Rugby Union and Royal Air Force Rugby Union made the decision, due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, to cancel the 2021 Inter Service Competition.”
“This was the first time the championship had been cancelled in advance since the Second World War.
“Consequently, for a second consecutive year the traditional Twickenham Stadium showpiece to the Inter Service Tournament, the Army v Navy Match, will not be played.
“The players and coaches share the frustration that another cancellation brings to the many thousands of fans that look forward each year to the latest match in this fiercest of service rivalry.”
The tweet goes on: “The Army v Navy match committee will be working closely with the RFU, Richmond Council and all other supporting organisations to ensure that we are able to meet our intent to stage the fixture at Twickenham on Saturday 30 April 2022.
“Once all proposals and plans for the game have been approved, the Army v Navy match committee will announce the ticket on-sale dates along with the outlets from which they may be purchased.”
The women’s match was set to debut at Twickenham in 2020 but will now make its appearance two years later.
Speaking to Forces News in January 2020, Navy captain Rose Dixon spoke about her excitement at playing at Twickenham.
“It’s something that we thought was unattainable within a year and we were wrong,” she said.
“It’s been given to us and now, we are ready to go out there and prove that we should have been there five or 10 years earlier.”
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