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The annual Army v Navy rugby match will be live on Sky Sports

Monday, April 23rd 2018 by Emma Woollacott

The annual Army v Navy rugby match takes place at Twickenham on Saturday 5 May - but it's already sold out. And that means that if you don't have tickets, the only place you can watch it is... you've guessed it, Sky Sports.

The match sees the Senior XV teams of the two services going head-to-head. It rarely gets much media attention, but with about 80,000 people set to attend, it actually has one of the biggest sporting attendances anywhere in Europe. There's huge interest, of course, from the Forces community, both currently serving members and those who have retired.

"The Army v Navy Match is an incredibly popular event in the inter-services calendar and the support has grown tremendously in recent years with tickets selling out quicker year on year," says chair of the Army-Navy match committee Gary Bushell.

"Last year it was the 100th match and we were delighted to welcome HRH Prince Henry of Wales with the Invictus Games Foundation as charity of the day."

Tickets sold out - only place to watch it is Sky Sports

The match has taken place at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby, since 1920. It's the culmination of the Inter-Service Championship, a battle in which the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force compete for the Babcock Trophy. Proceeds from the match go to the Royal Navy Rugby Union, a registered charity.

Formed of players who are all in service, each team has managed to win once during the last three years: the RAF in 2015, the Royal Navy in 2016 and the Army winning 29-20 in last year's centenary. The Air Force has consistently improved its performance in recent years, making every match a tight one: there's everything to play for this year, in other words.

Unfortunately for most of us, though, tickets for the match sold out within a record eight hours of going on sale last November. And so it's a good thing that you'll still be able to catch it by tuning in from 2.45pm on Sky; kick-off is at 3.00pm.

The match will be shown on the Sky Sports Arena channel, which shows international and European rugby union, rugby league, tennis, boxing, NFL, GAA, darts and WWE. It comes as part of the Sky Sports package, which has nine other sporting channels and costs £20 a month from Sky.

Alternatively, you can buy a Sky Sports Pass from Sky-owned NOW TV; a day pass costs £7.99, with a week priced at £12.99. But you can also watch Sky Sports if you have TV from TalkTalk, Virgin Media or BT, as they all offer it as an add-on to their services.

And while the atmosphere might not be quite the same as watching it at Twickenham, you can at least console yourself that any of these routes will cost you less than the £50 family ticket for the stadium.

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