Prince Harry joins 10,000 fans to watch England train

  • Prince Harry attends Twickenham
  • England team train in front of 10,000 fans

Prince Harry joined 10,000 supporters from clubs and schools to watch England take part in an open training session at Twickenham Stadium on Friday.

In his role as Patron of the Rugby Football Union Prince Harry met young people involved in charities connected to England Rugby's Try for Change programme and watched in as they were given a special coaching session on the pitch by Danny Care, Joe Launchbury and Sam Underhill after the conclusion of England’s training.

“It’s been an absolutely outstanding opportunity for our lucky Try for Change participants," said Yoshio Tazaki of Manchester Spartans RUFC, whose players were given the coaching session.

"Meeting Prince Harry, followed by Jonny Wilkinson, chatting and giving advice about the game. Then sitting behind Prince Harry watching the England players train and seeing some Manchester Village Spartans out on the Twickenham grass has been a truly amazing experience.”

Supporters from grassroots clubs and schools from all over England, alongside local residents, attended the session to watch England as the squad continues preparations for their next NatWest 6 Nations game against Scotland, which takes place on 24 February at Murrayfield.

Eddie Jones' men have won their opening two matches in the tournament, having beaten Italy and Wales, as they aim to become the first team in history to win the tournament three times in-a-row.

Fans were guided through the rugby session by England team manager Richard Hill, while the players also met with Prince Harry on the pitch following the end of the session as well as meeting and greeting fans pitchside.

“Today was a great training opportunity in front of 10,000 people," added England defence coach, Paul Gustard.

"Prince Harry was brilliant. It’s awesome that he supports rugby in general but his support for our national team is superb."

For more information on Try for Change visit www.englandrugby.com/tryforchange

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