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Prince to launch rugby trophy tour

Prince Harry will today help launch the Rugby World Cup trophy tour across the UK and Ireland, marking 100 days to the start of the global event.

England Rugby World Cup heroes Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood will join the prince at Twickenham Stadium - the home of English rugby - to launch the Webb Ellis Cup on its journey.

The World Cup will be staged in England and Cardiff in September and October, and thousands are expected to fill the stadiums while billions watch the spectacle on television.

Harry is honorary president of England Rugby 2015, the organising committee staging the tournament.

The prince, who will give a short speech during the event, is a passionate sports player and keen rugby fan who is associated with a number of rugby organisations.

He is vice patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and patron of the RFU's Injured Players Foundation.

Harry is also the patron of England Rugby's All Schools Programme, which aims to drive up the number of children playing the sport in state schools.

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