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Rugby worldwide is fortunate to have Prince Harry of Great Britain act as its unofficial number one booster. Nothing generates as much good global publicity for the sport as the interaction of the Prince with rugby teams and rugby fans whether in Great Britain or abroad.
The Prince and his brother Prince William watched the 2007 Rugby World Cup from box seats at the Stade de France, Paris. Eight years later, when England hosted the RWC in 2015, Harry acted as the royal representative to the tournament, serving as the official host of the event. He played rugby at Eton.
This past Saturday, he served as the patron to the Invictus Games held to acknowledge Britain’s war wounded. The highlight is the rugby match between the British Army and the Royal Navy at Twickenham. The stadium filled to its 86,000 capacity for the celebratory event. Army won 29-20.
Harry met both captains before game time, and after, presented the winner with the Babcock Trophy. He sat casually in the stands, allowing selfies for his seatmates.
The Prince is fifth in line for the throne following his father, Prince Charles, his brother, and his brother’s two children.
(N.B. King William-Alexander of the Netherlands attended Atlantic University in Wales where he played rugby. The King served as his country’s Olympic representative and was instrumental in voting rugby into the Olympics in October 2005.)