This Saturday, the most anticipated match in the Royal Navy Rugby Union calendar will take place at Twickenham, the home of England Rugby. At 1500 when the match kicks off approximately 82,000 supporters will be waiting to see which side will be victorious in the 101st Army v Navy match.
This year the winner of the Babcock Inter Service competition has already been decided. The Royal Air Force Rugby Union proudly lifted the silver trophy after their second round Inter Service clash against the Royal Navy on 20 April at the Twickenham Stoop. Their one point victory over the Army at RAF Halton 20 – 19, followed by the 31 – 21 win over the Royal Navy, ensured their overall victory in the three way contest and added to the celebrations in this the 100th anniversary year since the formation of the RAF.
So on Saturday the Senior XV teams are playing for the runner up position, however it is likely that the competition between the two teams will be as fierce as ever. Both teams will be desperate to avoid the disappointment of a second defeat in the 2018 Inter Service championship so they have all to prove, which is likely to make for exciting viewing. Royal Navy team captain Ben Priddey will lead his team out onto the pitch at Twickenham for the fourth consecutive year under the watchful eye of head coach, and former RNRU Senior XV team captain, Dave Pascoe.
For those not travelling to Twickenham, you can enjoy the match in the company of other service veterans at the Woolpack on Golden Ball St, Norwich, NR1 3EH; meeting from 1430 for a 1500 kick off.