Prince Harry will attend Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan.
Buckingham Palace confired the news saying the Duke of Sussex will attend the highly-anticipated match as the patron of the Rugby Football Union.
According to the BBC, Prince Harry watched England win the 2003 World Cup in Sydney and presented the trophy to New Zealand captain Richie McCaw at the last final at Twickenham in 2015.
His brother, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge is a patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.
Prince Harry at the Rugby World Cup final
Prince Harry took to Instagram to congratulate England on their first final since 2007 with an emphatic 19-7 win over defending champions New Zealand.
The Duke was reportedly thrilled to be able to witness such an amazing display of sportsmanship between two great teams.
“Wow, what a game of rugby! Another fantastic performance from our boys. Well done lads! You are making us all incredibly proud back home – bring on next week!”
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Today the England rugby team beat the New Zealand All Blacks to reach the final of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. HRH The Duke of Sussex is patron of the Rugby Football Union @englandrugby and like most rugby fans this morning, was thrilled to be able to witness such an amazing display of sportsmanship between two great teams. • “Wow, what a game of rugby! Another fantastic performance from our boys. Well done lads! You are making us all incredibly proud back home - bring on next week!” - The Duke of Sussex #RWC2019 #ENGvNZL Photo © PA / @englandrugby
South Africa vs England
Wales missed out on a first World Cup final appearance with a 19-16 semi-final defeat by the Springboks.
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It should be remebered though, the Springboks have never lost a Rugby World Cup final on two previous attempts, beating Saturday’s opponents in their most recent appearance in the last two.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 11:00 (SAST).
Springboks grateful for the support
Rassie Erasmus’ men thanked South Africa for the overwhelming support after their semi-final agaisnt Wales, which has fuelled them towards another step in history.
The players shot a video to relay their message across, with Welshman, Aled Walters displaying his commitment to the cause in the form of jumping jacks in the background.
🇿🇦 From inside the changeroom🗣️ The boys have a message for you#StrongerTogether #RWC2019 #RWCFinal #WebbEllisCup pic.twitter.com/i33kfGhzPU— Springboks (@Springboks) October 27, 2019
Rugby World Cup 2007 final revisited
The Rugby World Cup is set for a result of the 2007 final.
On that occasion, the Springboks held their nerve to come out 15-6 winners in a keyless affair in Paris.
Now coached by Eddie Jones, who was in the South African dugout 12 years ago, the 2003 champions could perhaps be the favourites, owing mostly to their World Rugby ranking of second place.