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In pictures: A Saturday to remember for Army v Navy fans

It was a Saturday afternoon to remember for military sports fans as the best rugby players from the Army and the Navy assembled at Twickenham Stadium for the biggest amateur rugby rivalry in the UK.

The home of English Rugby saw 51,859 fans walk through the doors to watch the Army vs Navy games, an amazing turnout despite planned rail strikes impacting people's travel plans to Twickenham. 

Fans were treated to a spectacle in the men's game after the Navy landed a historic victory against the Army

The Navy, led by team captain Jarrard Hayler, defeated the reigning champions with a 22-39 victory in what is their first Babcock Trophy and Inter Services victory since 2010. 

In the women's game, the Army continued to carry over their dominance in this fixture in only their second-ever meeting at Twickenham Stadium.

Four tries by Bombardier Bethan Dainton and a hat-trick by Private Courtney Pursglove helped the Army to a 67-5 victory over the Navy

The Navy women won't walk away from this game discouraged after a try by Lieutenant Olivia Critchley-Peddle ended the navy blues' 10-year wait for a try against the Army.

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