Saints confirm cancellation of Mobbs' Own Match

Saints have confirmed that the biennial Mobbs’ Own Match at Franklin’s Gardens has been cancelled.

By Tom Vickers
Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 4:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 4:16 pm
James Grayson in action in the Mobbs' Own Match in 2018
James Grayson in action in the Mobbs' Own Match in 2018

With a Northampton Saints Invitational XV and the British Army initially scheduled to face off on Wednesday, April 15, the club last week announced that the clash was postponed as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

But in line with the RFU’s cancellation of all domestic rugby below the Gallagher Premiership for the remainder of the season, Saints have had no option but to call off the exhibition game.

Those who have already purchased tickets for the match will be eligible for a full refund, but if supporters would prefer to not claim their money back, all proceeds from the match will be donated to the Mobbs Memorial Fund – which promotes the development of youth rugby in the East Midlands.

If you have purchased tickets, head to, click the 'DONATE OR REFUND' button and fill out your refund preferences by no later than Tuesday, April 14.

“It is a great shame that we will not get to watch the latest edition of this famous match here at Franklin’s Gardens in 2020, but of course the safety of everyone involved has to come first,” said Saints CEO Mark Darbon.

“Our relationship with the British Armed Forces remains incredibly important to the club, and no doubt we will welcome the Army’s accomplished side back to the Gardens in the not-too-distant future.”

Chris Fowke, chief operations officer at Army Rugby Union, added: “The Army Rugby Union are exceptionally proud to be associated with the Mobbs’ Own Match, but the cancellation of this fixture is no doubt the correct thing to do in the current climate.

“The safety of all involved is paramount. We look forward to resuming our strong relationships in 2021, so we encourage supporters of the match to keep safe, and we will see you all then.”

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