2022 Army v Navy Match Ticket Update

 

The Army v Navy match committee will not be releasing tickets for sale until early 2022. Twickenham Stadium plans to hold its first full capacity matches, since Covid-19, in November 2021. The match committee will work with the RFU after these games to ensure that the 2022 match can be enjoyed by as many spectators as possible.

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.

Announcement of the date for the 2022 Army v Navy Matches to be held at Twickenham Stadium

 

A STATEMENT FROM THE ARMY V NAVY MATCH COMMITTEE

 

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.  Hopefully, with the vaccination programme allowing the easing of restrictions both the men and women’s team will have a full season of preparation to play their 103rd and 18th Army v Navy matches respectively.

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 30th 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.

Though the 2020 and 2021 matches were not played, and the Women still await a Twickenham Stadium debut, the Army Navy Match has continued its programme of support to the local community with a further £20,000 being allocated to benefit local projects.  The most recent beneficiaries include the Purple Elephant Project, who continue to make a difference ensuring that children are heard, understood, and responded to within the context of their own life experiences.  The money has also benefited the vital respite care provide to the local community via Homelink as well as care and support in the community provided by the Whitton Network.  Finally, support has been provided to further the Feeding Bellies Not Bins’ aims of the Real Junk Food Project which helps to make good use of surplus food from Twickenham food retailers.

Covid-19 has placed a huge pressure on families not just in the United Kingdom but across the world.  It has also placed strain on local support charities and organisations who have done so much excellent but often unseen work.  The Army v Navy match committee looks forward to welcoming families back to what remains a highlight of the Service sporting calendar and continuing through the match to provide much needed and deserved support to local initiatives.

 

Further Detail

Projects Supported during 2020 and 2021 are in the footnotes [1].

[1]

2020 – PowerJam,

2020 – Queensbridge Park Gardens

2020 – Twickenham Sea Cadets

2020 – Twickenham Army Cadets

2020 – MPS Police Cadets

2020 – Intergenerational Music Making

2020 – St Mary’s School Library

2020 – Whitton St George’s Day.

 

2021 – The Purple Elephant Project Web link: http://thepurpleelephantproject.org/

2021 – HomeLink web link: https://homelinkdaycare.co.uk/

2021 – Whitton Network

2021 – The Real Junk Food Project – Twickenham C.I.C web link: https://e-voice.org.uk/trjfpt/

Cancellation of the Army v Navy Match at Twickenham – Spring 2021

 

A STATEMENT FROM THE ARMY V NAVY MATCH COMMITTEE

 

It is with regret that the Army and Royal Navy Rugby Unions, in consultation with the RFU, have decided to cancel the 2021 Army v Navy Inter Service Match at Twickenham.

 

This decision has been taken due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the delivery of sporting events with spectators because of the pandemic, which is likely to remain an issue for at least the first half of 2021.

 

The RFU has been very understanding of the need for our Unions to cancel the Twickenham fixture, in what is, and continues to be, a very challenging period of time in which to organise sporting events.

 

All three Service Rugby Unions are committed to playing a 2021 Inter Service competition (Men, Women & Veterans) if feasible, and relevant details on dates and venues will be announced when known.

 

The Army Navy Match Committee thank you for your continued support throughout these unprecedented times and very much look forward to seeing everyone back at Twickenham in 2022.

Army v Navy – 02 May 2020

 

A STATEMENT FROM THE ARMY V NAVY MATCH COMMITTEE

The Army v Navy event due to take place on Saturday 2nd May 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

All customers that have purchased stadium and/or car parking tickets will receive a refund for the ticket value*.

If you have ordered via Army Rugby Union Corps, please contact the Corps Ticket Reps directly.

For purchasers from the below ticket vendors, your refund** will be processed automatically in the coming weeks therefore there is no need to contact your ticket vendor;

Army Rugby Union (general sale): englandrugby.com

Royal Navy Rugby Union: navyrugbyunion.co.uk

RFU (family packages & easy access): englandrugby.com

 

*Booking/service and delivery fees are non-refundable.

**Refunds will be made to the original purchaser only.

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