ON 7th May 2011, the traditional Army v Navy rugby match returns to Twickenham Stadium for another passionate encounter. Held at HQ since 1920, the famous fixture is the final match of the Babcock Inter-Services Championship, and creates the most competitive atmosphere of any clash at Twickenham. Last year the Royal Navy triumphed over the Army for the first time since 2001, in what was one of the most exciting games in recent years. In a hard fought match that could have gone either way, it was the Navy who left with the coveted Babcock Trophy.
A week after the Royal Wedding, at the peak of national patriotism, over 60,000 spectators will attend Army v Navy 2011 and support our troops in what is sure to be another incredible game of rugby. The Royal Navy will be bringing out a strong side with the likes of England Sevens internationals Josh Drauniniu and Greg Barden, who narrowly missed out on medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, as well as last year’s captain, and ever reliable place kicker, Dave Pascoe, all fighting to retain the Babcock Trophy. The Army’s hopes for victory include Exeter front row Chris Budgen, Apo Satala and Mark Lee (Barbarian and former Scotland 7s captain), anchored by Fijian international Jack Prasad at fly-half.
But it's not just about the rugby...pre-match entertainment at Twickenham will be headlined by world-renowned Blake, the Classical BRITs award-winning quartet who's version of ‘Swing Low’ was the Official Anthem of England Rugby for the Rugby World Cup. There will also be music from the Band Of The Royal Marines.
Over at Kneller Hall, the Army Masters XV take on the Royal Navy Ancient Mariners, and the Army Women play the Royal Navy Women. Both matches KO at 10.30 in the grounds of the magnificent Royal Military School of Music at Kneller. Entrance to these games is free but requires a ticket to the Army vs Navy Elite match at Twickenham.
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SUNDAY 29th MAY 2011
KO 3pm BST
Family: £40 [2 adults + 2 kids]
RFU Tkt Office, Rugby Rd, Twickenham TW1 1DZ
0844 847 2492
*Every ticket may be subject to a booking fee.
And visit the official Army Navy website by hitting the banner below:
Every year BFBS - the Forces broadcaster - raises funds and awareness for five vital Forces Charities.
The BFBS Big Salute is the charity of the day for the Army v Navy Rugby Match 2011. So we'll be kicking off our campaign at Twickenham on May 7th.
For details on all the charities, click on the logo.