In April the Army v Navy Match day committee announced the fixture date for the Army v Navy Match as Saturday 30 April 2022. The day will include the 103rd Army v Navy Match for the men and the 18th Army v Navy Match for the women. It will be the first time both matches have been hosted at the Rugby Football Union’s Twickenham Stadium.
Since the April announcement there has been considerable work behind the scenes to ensure that the match remains and retains its unique place and character in the sporting calendar. On the field rugby has resumed for both the Army and Royal Navy Rugby Unions. Both have enjoyed success with their representative VIIs programme alongside the re-emergence of unit rugby whether in the UK or deployed. Whilst this has been great to see much of the activity behind a successful Army v Navy match occurs off the field and some change has been necessary. The first change, and purpose of this update, is that tickets will not be released for sale in November, as has traditionally been the case. They are likely to be available early in 2022. This will be confirmed via further updates on the website and the social media accounts.
Why the delay?
In June and July Twickenham Stadium hosted 10,000 spectators for the Premiership Final and England’s two summer test matches. It is planned that the Army v Navy Match will again be played in front of a full, sell out, stadium of over 80,000 supporters. The Government has recently conducted trials into larger crowds in stadiums, with Wembley being at two thirds capacity for the European football final. November will hopefully see Twickenham at full capacity for the Autumn Internationals and after this the detail planning requirements required for the Army v Navy Match ticketing can be finalised and the ticket on sale date announced.