The Army v Navy match is the final fixture on the Senior XV Rugby Union calendars of the Royal Navy & the Army and the last of three matches that together construct the Inter-Services Championship. The mens match has been an annual fixture since 1907 which was then held at the Queen’s Club in West Kensington.
The mens fixture has taken place every year since 1907, with three exceptions: There was a break in play between 1915-1919 due to the first world war, and then again between 1940-1945 due to the second world war. The 100th match therefore took place in 2017. See all Army Navy Match results. Most recently there was a break from 2020-2021 due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The women's fixture was introduced in 2003. In 2022 the women's match will be held at Twickenham Stadium for the first time having originally been scheduled for its Twickenham debut in 2020.
The Army Navy Match has become a reunion event, a day for members of the armed forces both currently serving and veterans to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
The event has grown significantly in popularity in recent years, in 2015 the event saw its first ‘sell out’ crowd and tickets to the event have become increasingly sort after. Tickets now sell out in just a few hours and the crowd exceeds 80,000 each year.
Proceeds from the match go to the Royal Navy Rugby Union (registered charity 1165153) and the Army Rugby Union Trust (registered charity 1149105).