ARMY V NAVY RUGBY MATCH – What a gathering!
Described euphemistically as ‘LinkedIn with beer’, Twickenham must be considered Mecca for the Army and Navy sporting die-hards. The annual pilgrimage to the home of English Rugby saw a record-breaking 81,116 take to the stands and soak up the atmosphere of this epic event. The fact that the RAF’s resurgent strength and previous win over the Army had already relegated the match to the play-off did nothing to detract from the spectacle. Team Army also broke the record having over 300 sponsors, hosts, friends and family enjoy some fantastic hospitality and a magnificent experience witnessing such a sporting occasion. Fine wining and dining provided the perfect forerunner to the clash between the two Services and the 98th Army v Navy game.
The match provided all the expected excitement. A nail biting first half, with both sides on good form, eventually saw the Army pull ahead with excellent tries from Lt William Jones R WELSH and precision kicking from LBdr Owain Davies RA. After the half-time mini rugby display it was the England International LCpl Semesa ‘Rocco’ Rokoduguni RSDG, breaking from 40m which widened the gap and sealed with some solid kicking by Pte Jonasa Bulumukau SCOTS. Although there were new ‘caps’ it was LCpl Chris Budgen R WELSH who was able to enter the record books. Gaining his 39th cap on the day – a record for all three Services, it was also his 17th Army Navy match!
The full-time whistle brought well earned success to the Army team with a 36-18 scoreline and Man-of-the-match, left winger Pte Jonasa Bulumakau. The Inter-Service champions are however the RAF for the first time since 1994. The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic and with the sun shining it was a truly memorable event. A full match report can be viewed here.
A huge thank you to all those who came along to spend their Saturday with us. We are truly grateful for your support which has a huge impact on sport in the Forces. We have been inundated with warm thank yous but the best comment of the day came from 9 year old Daniel Clark who said, ‘Dad, that was the best day of my life’!
(Carousel image – Army receive their trophy after the 36-18 Army Navy win at Twickenham, image courtesy of Army Navy Match)