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Prince Harry to launch the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour at Twickenham



Prince Harry will help launch the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK and Ireland and mark 100 days to go to the start of the event.

In 2014, Prince Harry was part of the campaign to support the England Women’s rugby team as they headed to take part in the Women’s Rugby World Cup

In 2014, Prince Harry was part of the campaign to support the England Women’s rugby team as they headed to take part in the Women’s Rugby World Cup

Harry is Honorary President of England Rugby 2015, the organising committee presenting Rugby World Cup 2015.

Joining the rugby loving royal will be Rugby World Cup 2003 winners, Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood, along with local schoolchildren, to send off the Webb Ellis Cup from the Lion Gate at Twickenham Stadium.

Before the sendoff, Harry will give a short speech, alongside Jonny Wilkinson and England Rugby 2015 Managing Director Stephen Brown.

The 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will visit Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England.

100 days to go marks the beginning of Festival of Rugby 2015. Various rugby themed events are being held throughout the country.

Held every four years the Rugby World Cup is one of the world’s largest major sporting events. The showcase tournament held every four years began in 1987. The last showcase tournament held in 2011 took place in New Zealand and had approximately a worldwide audience of 4 billion viewers.

Between 18 September and 31 October, The Rugby World Cup 2015 will be hosted in England and Cardiff.

20 of the world’s best teams will participate in 48 matches at 13 host venues across England and in Cardiff during the scheduled six weeks.

During his Invictus Games held last year, Harry along with his cousin Zara Tindall and her rugby player husband Mike, participated in the Jaguar Land Rover Exhibition Wheelchair rugby match.

A keen lover of sport, Harry is also the Vice Patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), as well as Patron of the Injured Players Foundation, a division of the RFU which supports English rugby players who have been injured while playing the sport. In 2004, he trained as a Rugby Development Officer for the RFU and encouraged school children to take up the sport.

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