- Prince Harry pledges his support to WRWC title tilt
- Tweet your own messages to @EnglandRugby using #carrythemhome
England Women’s hunt for Rugby World Cup glory has received royal approval with Prince Harry offering his support to the team ahead of next month’s tournament.
England captain Chris Robshaw kicked-off the campaign yesterday and Prince Harry, in his role as the Vice Patron of the Rugby Football Union, was keen to also get involved.
Prince Harry has recorded a message for the Gary Street’s side, saying: “Today I’m calling on you to get behind the team. While we can’t all be there at the tournament to cheer them on in person we want to send as many good luck messages as we can to let them know we’re right behind them. Come on England.”
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England Women’s captain, Katy Mclean, said it was an unbelievable boost to have such a high-profile supporter. “It is incredible to know that Prince Harry will be backing us as we head into the Rugby World Cup,” said the fly half. “It’s given all the girls in the squad a massive lift and we hope it will encourage lots more people to take an interest in women’s rugby and follow our progress in Paris.”
England Rugby is encouraging the country to come together as a show of support for women’s sport and rugby in England. Fans are being asked to show the team that the nation is behind them by tweeting their messages of support to @EnglandRugby using the hashtag #CarryThemHome in the lead up to the tournament, which starts on August 1.
In addition to Prince Harry’s message, sports fans from across the worlds of politics, celebrity and sport have already pledged their support to the team. With these soon to be unveiled, England Rugby hope these will inspirea wave of patriotism that will carry England Women to success in Paris.
England will play Samoa on August 1, Spain on August 5 and Canada on August 9 at Marcoussis in Paris. The semi-finals and final take place on August 13 and 17 at the Stade Jean Bouin.
Visit www.rfu.com/england-rugby for more information about England and the Women’s Rugby World Cup and tweet your message of support to @EnglandRugby using #CarryThemHome