Kate will attend crucial England World Cup match as she supports sport close to her heart

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Kate, Princess of Wales, will attend the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match on Saturday, as England’s men’s squad faces off against Papua New Guinea and the women’s team competes against Canada. The Princess of Wales, 41, was appointed patron of the Rugby Football League in February this year.

She took up the role that had been previously carried out by Prince Harry, who lost several positions as patron after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal life.

Kate will join fans cheering on the teams on Saturday, November 5 at the DW Stadium in Wigan.

Simon Johnson, the chair of the Rugby Football League, said he was “delighted and honoured to welcome the Princess of Wales for the first time as the RFL’s Royal Patron”.

He added: “With both our England Women and Men’s teams playing important World Cup matches on Saturday, her presence will enhance a special occasion for our sport, for the World Cup and for the famous Rugby League town of Wigan.”

Earlier this month, the Princess of Wales wished the competing England teams luck in their upcoming matches.

The recently-appointed patron described feeling “honoured” to take up the position in support of England’s sportspeople.

She described this year’s Rugby League World Cup as “the most inclusive” to be held so far, with the experience heightened for England’s teams by competing in the UK.

She said: “To the England Rugby League teams, I wanted to wish you the very best of luck with your respective World Cup tournaments.

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She then acknowledged the “particularly long wait for you all”, continuing: “I hope that the extra year has worked in your favour and that you are now even more prepared to take on the challenges ahead.

“You have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and I have no doubt that your efforts will inspire the next generation of Rugby League stars onto the pitch.”

She signed off her message with a final wish for good luck, telling the players she believed they “will do us all very proud”.

Kate had already sent a separate, heartfelt message to the women’s national rugby union team, known as the Red Roses, saying she “had so much fun with you all at Twickenham earlier this year and I cannot wait to see how you get on during the tournament”.

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