England Rugby will mark Armistice Day this weekend by supporting this year’s military charity partner, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), at England’s Old Mutual Wealth Series opening game against Argentina on Saturday.
Ahead of the match RFU President, John Spencer will lay a wreath at the Rose and Poppy Gates alongside representatives of the three Services. The RFU unveiled the Rose and Poppy Gates in 2016. They were commissioned as a lasting memorial to all those who lost their lives as a result of war and conflict, including 27 England internationals who died in World War I. Twickenham Stadium will follow the nation with a two minute silence at 11am.
Before kick off, Prince Harry, RFU Patron, will meet young staff and volunteers from the CWGC who have worked at their Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey and at their sites overseas. CWGC volunteers will also be collecting donations for their new charity the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.
Earlier in the week groundskeepers from various CWGC sites were at Twickenham for a horticultural exchange, learning from and mowing the pitch with Head Groundsman Keith Kent.
On 11 November, in memory of those fallen heroes, the Commission is inviting people around the world to take part in its global remembrance event - Hold High The Torch.
Representatives of the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force will be flag bearers on the day and we are pleased to host the Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas. All inside Twickenham Stadium will observe a moment’s silence before kick-off, with the playing of the Last Post on the pitch. England will wear red poppies on their shirts and be donating an England match shirt to the Royal British Legion.
This weekend forms part of the RFU’s four-year programme to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
To support the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and their sister charity the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation or to be part of Hold High the Torch visit www.cwgc.org