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Interservices Championships

Inter-Services Championship – 1920 onwards

History

The first Army Navy Match was played in 1878, but it was not until 1907 that a match between the two then existing armed services became an annual event. The 1907 match was played at the Queen’s Club and was won by the Royal Navy (15-14). The First World War (1914-18) brought an end to the fixture, but the Inter-Service Championship resumed after the war and included the newly formed Royal Air Force (RAF), formed in 1918. The Army Navy match was played at Twickenham, the home of the English Rugby Union, in 1920.

However, the clash between the senior teams of the British Army and the Royal Navy remains the highlight of the Championship. The Championship ceased for the duration of the Second World War (1935-45), but recommenced in 1946.

In the 1970s the Championship was opened to sponsorship to defray the costs of the Championship. In recognition of this change a trophy was created for presentation to the Championship winners.

In 2003 the championship was extended to include competitions between women and veteran (over 35 years) teams from the three armed services.

In recent years the numbers of spectators attending the Army Navy Match at Twickenham has grown:

Year Crowd Attendance
2007 41,000
2008 50,000
2009 54,093
2010 56,185
2011 62,790
2012 65,302
2013 72,471
2014 73,871
2015 81,116
2016 81,323

The Army v RAF fixture for 2010 was cancelled. The Army XV were stuck in South Africa, where they were attending their training camp, because volcanic ash from Iceland prevented aircraft from flying over Europe.

Inter-Services Champions Table – 1920 onwards

 

Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
1920 Royal Navy Royal Navy 23-11 Army 21-9 Royal Navy 12-3
1921 Royal Navy Royal Navy 11-10 Royal Air Force 26-3 Royal Navy 33-3
1922 Royal Navy Royal Navy 7-3 Army 23-8 Royal Navy 9-6
1923 Royal Air Force Royal Navy 16-11 Royal Air Force 13-5 Royal Air Force 3-0
1924 Triple Tie Army 19-5 Royal Air Force 8-3 Royal Navy 16-9
1925 Army & Royal Air Force Army 11-8 Drawn 6-6 Royal Air Force 3-0
1926 Army Army 24-10 Army 11-0 Royal Navy 8-3
1927 Royal Navy Royal Navy 6-3 Army 22-0 Royal Navy 8-3
1928 Army Army 11-5 Army 18-6 Royal Navy 5-0
1929 Army Army 17-11 Army 27-0 Royal Navy 8-3
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
1930 Army Army 16-10 Army 14-8 Royal Navy 8-3
1931 Royal Navy Royal Navy 6-0 Royal Air Force 16-5 Royal Navy 16-0
1932 Army Army 11-0 Army 21-4 Royal Navy 22-5
1933 Army Army 19-0 Army 12-3 Royal Navy 14-3
1934 Army Army 16-8 Army 14-3 Royal Navy 36-0
1935 Triple Tie Army 11-8 Royal Air Force 6-3 Royal Navy 13-8
1936 Army Army 12-3 Army 16-3 Royal Air Force 3-0
1937 Army Army 14-3 Army 29-9 Drawn 3-3
1938 Royal Navy Royal Navy 10-9 Army 15-7 Royal Navy 10-6
1939 Royal Navy Drawn 6-6 Royal Air Force 18-3 Royal Navy 8-3
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
1940-1945 No games played due to Second World War
1946 Army Army 11-6 Army 11-6 Royal Air Force 9-6
1947 Royal Air Force Army 19-11 Royal Air Force 8-0 Drawn 5-5
1948 Triple Tie Royal Navy 9-8 Army 15-8 Royal Air Force 16-11
1949 Army & Royal Air Force Army 23-3 Drawn 3-3 Royal Air Force 11-0
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
1950 Army Army 16-6 Army 11-3 Drawn 6-6
1951 Royal Navy Royal Navy 11-0 Army 14-0 Royal Navy 6-5
1952 Army Army 11-3 Army 9-6 Royal Navy 6-0
1953 Army Army 3-0 Army 11-3 Drawn 3-3
1954 Triple Tie Royal Navy 8-6 Army 16-3 Royal Air Force 12-6
1955 Royal Air Force Royal Navy 8-3 Drawn 6-6 Royal Air Force 6-3
1956 Triple Tie Army 6-3 Royal Air Force 26-9 Royal Navy 11-9
1957 Army Army 6-3 Army 14-9 Royal Navy 8-6
1958 Royal Air Force Royal Navy 14-0 Drawn 3-3 Royal Air Force 14-3
1959 Royal Air Force Royal Navy 6-0 Royal Air Force 11-3 Royal Air Force 12-9
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
1960 Army Army 12-3 Army 6-3 Royal Navy 8-0
1961 Royal Navy Royal Navy 6-3 Royal Air Force 19-11 Royal Navy 9-3
1962 Royal Air Force Army 9-6 Royal Air Force 19-14 Royal Air Force 12-6
1963 Army Army 11-3 Army 8-6 Royal Air Force 3-0
1964 Army Army 8-0 Army 19-6 Royal Navy 5-3
1965 Army Army 5-3 Drawn 11-11 Royal Navy 15-6
1966 Royal Navy Royal Navy 10-9 Royal Air Force 12-3 Royal Navy 11-3
1967 Army Army 6-3 Army 17-6 Royal Navy 5-3
1968 Army Army 9-6 Drawn 3-3 Royal Navy 17-15
1969 Army Drawn 3-3 Army 26-21 Royal Air Force 9-5
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
1970 Royal Navy Royal Navy 15-9 Royal Air Force 15-12 Royal Navy13-6
1971 Royal Air Force Royal Navy 11-9 Drawn 6-6 Royal Air Force 17-6
1972 Army Army 13-3 Army 14-6 Royal Navy 18-4
1973 Royal Navy Royal Navy 10-7 Army 19-9 Royal Navy 15-0
1974 Royal Navy Royal Navy 25-3 Royal Air Force 9-4 Royal Navy 23-13
1975 Triple Tie Royal Navy 19-0 Army 41-13 Royal Air Force 20-7
1976 Army Army 15-6 Army 6-3 Royal Navy 21-13
1977 Royal Navy Royal Navy 16-0 Army 19-13 Royal Navy 15-9
1978 Triple Tie Royal Navy 17-16 Army 16-6 Royal Air Force 15-8
1979 Royal Air Force Army 10-3 Royal Air Force 10-3 Royal Air Force 23-6
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
1980 Army Drawn 0-0 Army 26-7 Royal Air Force 16-7
1981 Royal Navy Royal Navy 7-3 Army 6-4 Royal Navy 15-12
1982 Royal Air Force Army 11-7 Royal Air Force 10-6 Royal Air Force 16-14
1983 Army Army 10-9 Army 16-7 Royal Air Force 8-4
1984 Triple Tie Army 13-6 Royal Air Force 15-9 Royal Navy 10-9
1985 Royal Air Force Army 11-6 Royal Air Force 15-12 Royal Air Force 29-23
1986 Royal Air Force Royal Navy 13-3 Royal Air Force 16-13 Royal Air Force
1987 Royal Navy Royal Navy 21-10 Drawn 12-12 Navy 13-6
1988 Army Army 35-3 Army 26-3
1989 Army Army 21-9 Army 42-10
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
1990 Army Army 16-7 Army 32-14
1991 Royal Air Force Army 10-0 Royal Air Force 30-12 Royal Air Force
1992 Triple Tie Army 16-9 Royal Air Force 18-6 Royal Navy
1993 Royal Air Force Army 37-15 Royal Air Force 20-17 Royal Air Force 23-7
1994 Royal Air Force Army 18-6 Royal Air Force 28-22 Royal Air Force
1995 Royal Navy Royal Navy 34-17 Army 28-26 Royal Navy
1996 Triple Tie Royal Navy 9-6 Army 31-23 Royal Air Force
1997 Army Army 18-16 Drawn 35-35
1998 Army Army 36-22 Army 23-7
1999 Army Army 24-13 Army 43-8
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
2000 Army Army 32-14 Army 13-11
2001 Royal Navy Royal Navy 31-20 Army 13-8 Royal Navy
2002 Army Army 18-13 Army 74-3
2003 Army Army 53-16 Army 52-13
2004 Army Army 32-16 Army 46-6
2005 Army Army 41-15 Army 55-12 Royal Air Force 24-16
2006 Army Army 9-3 Army 82-10 Royal Navy 34-6
2007 Army Army 39-25 Army 54-10 Royal Navy 57-3
2008 Army Army 22-11 Army 42-6 Royal Navy 67-12
2009 Army Army 50-7 Army 67-11 Royal Navy 34-20
Year Champions Army v RN Army v RAF RN v RAF
2010 Royal Navy Royal Navy 24-22 No match played Royal Navy 73-3
2011 Army Army 44 – 10 Army 50 – 3 Royal Navy 52 – 3
2012 Army Army 48 – 9 Army 59 – 0 Royal Navy 13 – 6
2013 Army Army 43 – 26 Army 33 – 18 Royal Navy 55 – 26
2014 Army Army 30 – 17 Army 35 – 26 Royal Navy 10 – 0
2015 Royal Air Force Army 36 – 18 RAF 33 – 29 Draw 32 – 32
2016 Royal Navy Draw 29 – 29 RAF 13 – 12 RN 9 – 8

 

Source
McLaren Lt Col J: The History of Army Rugby (Aldershot, The Army RFU, 1986)

A brief history of the Army Navy match can be seen at: www.wikipedia.org

Check out the new Army Navy Match web site at: www.armynavymatch.org.uk

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