2022 saw the return of the Inter Service Championsip after to enforced Covid-19 break. The Army arrived at Twickenham playing for both titles, the Royal Navy were also hunting for the Senior Men’s title. The two Union’s Women’s side was making history at Twickenham as the titles were decided. The Men’s decider proved to be one of the all time best. In the end the Army took the win but it was a game that both sides contributed their all and it captivated the 58000 crowd. The Women’s game kicked off in front of over 15,000 fans, a new record for the Women’s Inter Service Championship.
Round 2 and the Royal Navy men achieved a win, in a scrappy game, that set up a men’s championship deicder. With the Navy’s Women losing, after a strong comeback, it was almost certain that the Army would be crowned Women’s champions at the end of thier first, historic, Twickenham clash.
The story of Round 1 was the Army Women beating the Royal Air Force and taking a huge step towards regaining the title. Pre Covid-19 the Royal Air Force Women had ended the longest winning run in our history and were deservedly crowned champions. Though the Army had to wait for their revenge, it made it the all the more sweet. We feel that this rivalry has a few more chapters to go.
At the end of of any Championship we always say farewell to a number of players. In 2022 Roko played his last Inter Service Championship. The England and Army star has long been a crowd favourite and was a credit to his Corps, his Service and England on the rugby field. Video tribute courtesy of JPF Sports Media.