Prince Harry sends best wishes to Red Roses

Prince Harry has given his backing to the Red Roses ahead of the start of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

As Patron of the RFU since December last year and a huge rugby fan, Prince Harry is encouraging the nation to get behind the Red Roses as they begin their title defence against Spain on Wednesday 9 August at 14:00 BST in a game that can be watched on ITV4.

In a video message, Prince Harry explains: "I want to wish you the very best of luck at the Women's Rugby World Cup this August".

"Having already beaten Australia, Canada and New Zealand this summer, I hope our Red Roses can lift the cup again.

"I know you're inspiring more women and girls to take up rugby than ever before, helping to reach the target of 50,000 female players in England by 2021.

"I'm sure that you will have the whole nation behind you as you take on the world in Ireland - good luck, bring it home."