The inaugural match between the Royal Navy and the French Navy was held in 2005 as part of the Trafalgar 200 celebrations.  The original plan was for the match to be played at Twickenham as the curtain raiser to England V France.  Unfortunately bad weather forced the match to be relocated to the neighbouring pitch at Kneller Hall.  The fixture quickly became established and took on its own unique identity marked by often uncompromising play.  After two matches in Paris the French Navy decided to host the Royal Navy in their south coast port of Toulon, a town with . . .

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