The Royal Navy Rugby Union Knockout Cup was introduced as a trial event in the 1972/73 season under the chairmanship of Capt J Beadon RN.  Many sources reference the first year as 1971/72 but this is incorrect and may be due to early records showing the final to be played in 1972 and then this being assumed to be in the 71/72 season as most competitions have their finals in the second part of the season.  However the Navy Cup final has always been played before Christmas and the first final was played in December 1972 . . .

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