A promotional photo of the Army v Navy 2017 match.
The Army Navy rugby committee has announced changes to the popular Army v Navy fixture at Twickenham because of 'a rise in incidents'.
The annual match is a date in the diary for many serving and retired service personnel. In fact, record-breaking attendances at Twickenham Stadium have also been a factor in the changes announced.
A statement on the Army Navy match website said that the changes follow "a rise in incidents both inside and outside of the stadium that fall below the standards of conduct and behaviour expected".
The Match Committee has worked closely with the RFU, Metropolitan Police and the community to agree on a strategy for the future, which will include new measures to reduce the impact on locals.
This will be achieved by no longer playing the morning fixtures at Kneller Hall, bringing the Army v Navy fixture forward to 2pm and then playing the UKAF U23 v Oxbridge U23 fixture on completion of the senior fixture.
A statement on the Army v Navy website explains:
"It is with great regret that the actions of a small minority of attendees have resulted in this change but it is hoped that it will not significantly impact on the enjoyment of the day by those attending the game next year."
The date and venue for the Women’s and Army Masters v Royal Navy Mariners fixtures in 2019 still haven't been confirmed.
More details will be announced before tickets to the Army v Navy Senior XV match go on sale to the public on 14 November 2018.
In addition, the timing and venue of the Women’s fixture for future years remains under review by both the Royal Navy Rugby Union and Army Rugby Union.