England to wear poppy for WW1 anniversary

  • 100 years since Battle of Somme
  • England to wear poppy on shirts against France

England will wear a poppy on their shirts during their RBS 6 Nations match against France this Saturday as part of RFU’s Great War Commemorations.

The French Government requested England to wear the British Legion poppy to commemorate 100 years since one of the biggest battles of the Great War, the Battle of the Somme, where English and French soldiers fought alongside each other.

The French Rugby Federation had already agreed to wear the French equivalent, the bleuet, throughout the RBS 6 Nations tournament and a Flame Ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Paris from 6:00pm on Thursday. 

RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont will attend a Somme 100 France-England Rugby Reception at the residence of the British Ambassador to France, Sir Julian King and the RFU delegation will include descendants and representatives of former England internationals Rupert Inglis, Alfred Maynard and Ronnie Poulton Palmer who were killed in the Great War.