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Army To Play Home RAF Clash Away From Aldershot

It's all change for inter-services Rugby with new moves to try and grow the game.

The Army's rugby side will again take their home inter-services clash with the Royal Air Force away from Aldershot.

It follows on from last season when the Royal Navy took their home fixture with the RAF to Twickenham Stoop, home of English Premiership team Harlequins.

Gloucester is the chosen venue for 2019's inter-services match between the Army and RAF.

Kingsholm Stadium, in Gloucester, is a well-versed venue in hosting military fixtures. 

Organisers are hoping that next year's game will see forces rugby fans flock to the West Country and they also see it as a boost to the tournament.

Gloucester Interservices

Major (Retired) Chris Fowke, Secretary of the Army Rugby Union said: "We want to assist inter-service rugby growing and we had a really good crowd at the stadium in Aldershot two years ago - 2,500. Probably not that many at RAF Halton last year.

"All three services have realised that to grow the game and to give the RAF as much exposure as possible, we need to go to an outside venue."

Mr Fowke added: "Gloucester's no stranger to us - we've been there many times before - the RAF has hosted the inter-services games there before there as well."

Official ticket information including pricing is expected to be available around September.

Gloucester Interservices

The Army Rugby Union Secretary continued: "The locals at Gloucester are rugby mad anyway - the Royal Air Force will be going there as the current inter-services champions and not only the men but the women's game, particularly between the Army and the RAF, is probably the most keenly contested women's game around at the moment.

"Hopefully, the men and the women will be on the Kingsholm pitch," Fowke's said.

The Army will take on the RAF at Gloucester on Saturday, April 27 2019.

The location for the RAF v Navy game is yet to be decided, but the Army v Navy match will be back at Twickenham on May 4 2019.