Senior XV Inter Service Results

The Inter Service tournament dates back to 1920 when the Royal Air Force started to play annual fixtures against both the Army and the Royal Navy.  The first three Inter Service tournaments were won by the Royal Navy and todate that is still their most consecutive tournaments win.  Today it is very unlikely that there will be a tie as in the 2011 tournament points difference was introduced to help calculate the overall winner.  Prior to this year there were a number of ties and triple ties.  The Inter Service tournament was not played for the six years on the Second World War, 1940 – 1945 inclusive.  Originally all three matches were played at Twickenham.  However in 1998 the RAF’s home match against the Army was played at Gloucester RFC.  The Navy were at home to the RAF that year and I believe the match was played at US Portsmouth RFC.


The overall championship wins are listed below.  It is a little surprising given their subsequent dominance of the competition that the Army were the last of the three teams to win their first tournament (1926).


TeamWinsInter Service Winning Years
Royal Navy192010, 2001, 1995, 1987, 1981, 1977, 1974, 1973, 1970, 1966, 1961, 1951, 1939, 1938, 1931, 1927, 1922, 1921, 1920
Army442014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1983, 1980, 1976, 1972, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1960, 1957, 1953, 1952, 1950, 1946, 1937, 1936, 1934, 1933, 1932, 1930, 1929, 1928, 1926
RAF141994, 1993, 1991, 1986, 1985, 1979, 1975, 1971, 1962, 1959, 1958, 1955, 1947, 1923
Triple Tie101996, 1992, 1984, 1982, 1978, 1956, 1954, 1948, 1935, 1924
Army / RAF21949, 1925



The table below lists all the Inter Service results from 1920 to the present day.  The number in brackets is the number of times that team had either won the championship or matches against the respective opposition in the playing series up to the given year.  Matches have only been cancelled for two reasons, throughout the history of the Inter Service Championship.  World War caused the tournament not to be played from 1914-1918 and 1940-45.  In 2010 the RAF v Army match, due to be played at Newbury RFC was cancelled as the Army team was stranded in their South Africa training base.  Following the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano there was significant disruption to european flights and the team could not return in time.


YearIS WinnerRN v ArmyRN v RAFArmy v RAF
2014Army (44)Army (56) 30 - 17RN (54) 10 - 0Army (57) 35 - 26
2013Army (43)Army (56) 43 - 26 RN (53) 55-26Army (56) 33 - 18
2012Army (42)Army (55) 48 - 9RN (52) 13 - 6Army (55) 59 - 0
2011Army (41)Army (54) 44 - 10RN (51) 52 - 3Army (54) 52 - 0
2010RN (19)RN (29) 24 - 22RN (50) 73 - 3RAF (23) W/O
2009Army (40)Army (53) 50 - 7RN (49) 34 - 20Army (53) 67 - 11
2008Army (39)Army (52) 22 - 11RN (48) 67 - 12Army (52) 42 - 6
2007Army (38)Army (51)25 - 39RN (47) 58 - 3Army (51) 54 - 10
2006Army (37)Army (50)9 - 3RN (46) 34 - 6Army (50) 82 - 10
2005Army (36)Army (49) 41 - 15RAF (30) 24 - 16Army (49) 55 - 12
2004Army (35)Army (48) 32 - 16RN (45) 49 - 5Army (48) 46 - 6
2003Army (34)Army (47) 53 - 16RN (44) 34 - 27Army (47) 52 - 13
2002Army (33)Army (46) 18 - 13RN (43) 24 - 19Army (46) 74 - 3
2001RN (18)RN (28) 31 - 20RN (42) 23 - 3Army (45) 13 - 8
2000Army (32)Army (45) 32 - 14RN (41) 23 - 5Army (44) 13 - 11
1999Army (31)Army (44) 24 -13RN (40) 28 - 7Army (43) 43 - 8
1998Army (30)Army (43) 36 - 22RN (39) 11 - 8Army (42) 23 - 7
1997Army (29)Army (42) 18 - 16D (5) 24 - 24D(9) 35 - 35
1996Triple Tie (10)RN (27) 9 - 6RAF (29) 14 - 12Army (41) 31 - 23
1995RN (17)RN (26) 34 - 17RN (38) 43 - 19Army (40) 28 - 26
1994RAF (14)Army (41) 18 - 6RAF (28) 22 - 12RAF (22) 28 - 22
1993RAF (13)Army (40) 37 - 15RAF (27) 23 - 7RAF (21) 20 - 17
1992Triple Tie (9)Army (39) 16 - 9RN (37) 22 - 13RAF (20) 18 - 6
1991RAF (12)Army (38) 10 - 0RAF (26) 22 - 13RAF (19) 30 - 12
1990Army (28)Army (37) 16 - 7RAF (25) 22 - 14Army (39) 32 - 14
1989Army (27)Army (36) 21 - 9RAF (24) 23 - 30Army (38) 42 - 10
1988Army (26)Army (35) 35 - 3RAF (23) 10 - 7Army (37) 26 - 3
1987RN (16)RN (25) 21 - 10RN (36) 13 - 6D (8) 12 - 12
1986RAF (11)RN (24) 13 - 3RAF (22) 20 - 9 RAF (18) 16 - 13
1985RAF (10)Army (34) 11 - 6RAF (21) 29 - 23RAF (17) 15 - 12
1984Triple Tie (8)Army (33) 13 - 6RN (35) 10 - 9RAF (16) 19 - 15
1983Army (25)Army (32) 10 - 9RAF (20) 6 - 4Army (36) 16 - 7
1982RAF (9)Army (31) 11 - 7RAF (19) 16 - 14RAF (15) 10 - 6
1981RN (15)RN (23) 7 - 3RN (34) 15 - 12Army (35) 6 - 4
1980Army (24)D (3) 0 - 0RAF (18) 16 - 7Army (34) 26 - 7
1979RAF (8)Army (30) 10 - 3RAF (17) 23 - 6RAF (14) 10 - 3
1978Triple Tie (7)RN (22) 17 - 16RAF (16) 15 - 8Army (33) 16 - 6
1977RN (14)RN (21) 16 - 0RN (33) 15 - 9Army (32) 19 - 13
1976Army (23)Army (29) 15 - 6RN (32) 21 - 3Army (31) 6 - 3
1975Triple Tie (6)RN (20) 19 - 0RAF (15) 20 - 7Army (30) 41 - 13
1974RN (13)RN (19) 25 - 3RN (31) 23 - 13RAF (13) 9 - 4
1973RN (12)RN (18) 10 - 7RN (30) 15 - 0Army (29) 19 - 6
1972Army (22)Army (28) 13 - 3RN (29) 18 - 4Army (28) 14 - 6
1971RAF (7)RN (17) 11 - 9RAF (14) 17 - 6D (7) 6 - 6
1970RN (11)RN (16) 15 - 9RN (28) 13 - 6RAF (12) 15 - 12
1969Army (21)D (2) 3 - 3RAF (13) 9 - 5Army (27) 26 - 21
1968Army (20)Army (27) 9 - 6RN (27) 17 - 15D (6) 3 - 3
1967Army (19)Army (26) 6 - 3RN (26) 5 - 3Army (26) 17 - 6
1966RN (10)RN (15) 10 - 9RN (25) 11 - 3RAF (11) 12 - 3
1965Army (18)Army (25) 5 - 3RN (24) 15 - 6D (5) 11 - 11
1964Army (17)Army (24) 8 - 0RN (23) 5 - 3Army (25) 19 - 6
1963Army (16)Army (23) 11 - 3RAF (12) 3 - 0Army (24) 8 - 6
1962RAF (6)Army (22) 9 - 6RAF (11) 12 - 6RAF (10) 19 -14
1961RN (9)RN (14) 6 - 3RN (22) 9 - 3RAF (9) 19 - 11
1960Army (15)Army (21) 12 - 3RN (21) 8 - 0Army (23) 6 - 3
1959RAF (5)RN (13) 6 - 0RAF (10) 12 - 3RAF ( 8) 11 - 3
1958RAF (4)RN (12) 14 - 0RAF (9) 14 - 3D (4) 3 - 3
1957Army (14)Army (20) 6 - 3RN (20) 8 - 6Army (22) 14 - 9
1956Triple Tie (5)Army (19) 6 - 3RN (19) 11 - 9RAF (7) 26 - 9
1955RAF (3)RN (11) 8 - 3RAF (8) 6 - 3D (3) 6 - 6
1954Triple Tie (4)RN (10) 8 - 6RAF (7) 12 - 6Army (21) 16 - 3
1953Army (13)Army (18) 3 - 0D (4) 3 - 3Army (20) 11 - 3
1952Army (12)Army (17) 11 - 3RN (18) 6 - 0Army (19) 9 - 6
1951RN (8)RN (9) 11 - 0RN (17) 6 - 5Army (18) 14 - 0
1950Army (11)Army (16) 16 - 6D (3) 6 - 6Army (17) 11 - 3
1949Army/RAF (2)Army (15) 23 - 3RAF (6) 11 - 0D (2) 3 - 3
1948Triple Tie (3)RN (8) 9 - 8RAF (5) 16 - 11 Army (16) 15 - 8
1947RAF (2)Army (14) 19 - 11D (2) 6 - 6RAF (6) 8 - 0
1946Army (10)Army (13) 11 - 6RAF (4) 9 - 6Army (15) 11 - 6
1939RN (7)D (1) 6 - 6RN (16) 8 - 3RAF (5) 18 - 3
1938RN (6)RN (7) 10 - 9RN (15) 10 - 6Army (14) 15 - 7
1937Army (9)Army (12) 14 - 3D (1) 3 - 3Army (13) 29 - 9
1936Army (8)Army (11) 12 - 3RAF (3) 3 - 0Army (12) 16 - 5
1935Triple Tie (2)Army (10) 11 - 0RN (14) 13 - 8 RAF (4) 6 - 3
1934Army (7)Army (9) 16 - 8RN (13) 36 - 0Army (11) 14 - 3
1933Army (6)Army (8) 19 - 0RN (12) 14 - 3Army (10) 12 - 3
1932Army (5)Army (7) 11 - 0RN (11) 22 - 5Army (9) 21 - 4
1931RN (5)RN (6) 6 - 0RN (10) 16 - 0 RAF (3) 16 - 5
1930Army (4)Army (6) 16 - 10RN (9) 11 - 3Army (8) 14 - 8
1929Army (3)Army (5) 17 - 11RN (8) 8 - 3Army (7) 27 - 0
1928Army (2)Army (4) 11 - 5RN (7) 5 - 0Army (6) 18 - 6
1927RN (4)RN (5) 6 - 3RN (6) 8 - 3 Army (5) 22 - 0
1926Army (1)Army (3) 24 - 10RN (5) 8 - 3Army (4) 11 - 0
1925Army/RAF (1)Army (2) 11 - 8RAF (2) 3 - 0 D (1) 6 - 6
1924Triple Tie (1)Army (1) 19 - 5RN (4) 16 - 9RAF (2) 8 - 3
1923RAF (1)RN (4) 16 - 11RAF (1) 3 - 0RAF (1) 13 - 5
1922RN (3)RN (3) 7 - 3RN (3) 9 - 6Army (3) 23 - 8
1921RN (2)RN (2) 11 - 10RN (2) 33 - 3Army (2) 26 - 3
1920RN (1)RN (1) 23 - 11RN (1) 12 - 3Army (1) 21 - 9

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