The annual Army v Navy match is an extremely popular fixture with record-breaking attendances at Twickenham Stadium. However, with the increase in attendance, there has also been a rise in incidents both inside and outside of the stadium that fall below the standards of conduct and behaviour expected.
The Match Committee has worked closely with the RFU, Metropolitan Police and the local community to agree a strategy for the future. This includes the introduction of measures to reduce the impact on the local community.
This will be achieved by no longer playing the morning fixtures at Kneller Hall, bringing the Army v Navy fixture forward to 2pm and then playing the UKAF U23 v Oxbridge U23 fixture on completion of the senior fixture.
It is with great regret that the actions of a small minority of attendees have resulted in this change but it is hoped that it will not significantly impact on the enjoyment of the day by those attending the game next year.
The Royal Navy Women v Army Women and the Royal Navy Mariners v Army Masters fixture will take place at HMS Collingwood on Friday 3rd May 2019. These matches will be played on adjacent pitches and they will both kick off at 2pm.
The timing and venue of the Women’s fixture for future years remains under review by both the Royal Navy Rugby Union and Army Rugby Union.