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Rugby Union

Rugby: 2021 Army-Navy Fixture At Twickenham Cancelled

The Army Navy Match Committee has taken the decision to cancel the event for the second consecutive year.

Mostly empty Twickenham Stadium and pitch 061018 CREDIT PA

The annual British Army vs Royal Navy rugby union match at Twickenham Stadium has been cancelled for 2021.

The decision to call the match off was made on Friday morning by the Army Navy Committee.

In a statement on the committee's website, they put the decision down to "continued uncertainty" during the coronavirus pandemic.

2021 will be the second consecutive year that the event has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

It has yet to be announced if the fixture will take place elsewhere or what this could mean for a potential 2021 Inter Services Championships.

This also continues the wait for the Army vs Navy women's fixture to be played at Twickenham.

It was announced they would play at the stadium prior to the cancellations.

Fans will not be able to return to Twickenham Stadium until 2022 at the earliest.

The Army Navy Match Committee's statement said: "It is with regret that the Army and Royal Navy Rugby Unions, in consultation with the RFU, have decided to cancel the 2021 Army v Navy Inter Service Match at Twickenham.

"This decision has been taken due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the delivery of sporting events with spectators because of the pandemic, which is likely to remain an issue for at least the first half of 2021.

"The RFU has been very understanding of the need for our Unions to cancel the Twickenham fixture, in what is, and continues to be, a very challenging period of time in which to organise sporting events.  

"All three Service Rugby Unions are committed to playing a 2021 Inter Service competition (Men, Women and Veterans) if feasible, and relevant details on dates and venues will be announced when known.

"The Army Navy Match Committee thank you for your continued support throughout these unprecedented times and very much look forward to seeing everyone back at Twickenham in 2022."

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