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Army vs Navy: Meet the first-class BFBS broadcast team

Twickenham Stadium
(Picture: Stadium Bank/Alamy Stock Photo).

BFBS are bringing you all the action from Twickenham Stadium on Saturday as the British Army clash with the Royal Navy in men's and women's fixtures.

We've brought together a top-class team to present the matches to you including an England international and a World Cup commentator.

Both matches will be broadcast live on the Forces News YouTube channel, on BFBS Radio and for serving military personnel on BFBS TV from 1:30pm UK time on Saturday 30 April.

The presenter for all the action will be Tim Cocker, who has worked on top-level matches for BT Sport, as well as hosting the 'Eggchasers' rugby podcast.

The commentary team for the men's match sees Rugby World Cup and Six Nations commentator Simon Ward return to BFBS coverage, alongside Major Andy Sanger and Lieutenant Owen Salmon.

Maj Sanger is a former Army head coach and player who now works as a coach for Harlequins.

Lt Salmon has similar experience in the sport as an ex-Navy head coach who has recently returned from serving on HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The women's match will be brought to you by Sky Sports' Claire Thomas and Lt Col Ann O'Flynn who is a former England international serving in the Army.

Throughout the day, we will be getting pitchside analysis from Corporal Josh McNally who currently plays for Bath and has appeared at Twickenham for England.

Also giving pitchside analysis will be: 

  • Jane Leonard – former England and Army player
  • Flight Lieutenant Chrissie Siczowa – former RAF Women's captain
  • Lieutenant Colonel Gemma Stonebridge-Smith – Director of Army Women's Rugby
  • Lieutenant Commander Paula Bennett-Smith – Director of Royal Navy Women's Rugby

Our reporters in the stadium will be BFBS stalwarts Julian Evans and Jon Knighton.

Radio coverage will see the experienced Jon Anderson commentate on both of the men's and women's matches.

For the men's match, he will be joined by RAF Men's head coach Justin Coleman and for the women's match, the most capped international player of all time, Rochelle Clark MBE, will be part of the team.

Remember, both matches will be broadcast on the Forces News YouTube channel, on BFBS Radio and for serving military personnel on BFBS TV from 1:30pm UK time on Saturday 30 April.