The Princess of Wales to Attend England vs Papua New Guinea Rugby League World Cup 2021 Quarter Final



DW Stadium, Wigan

Saturday 5th November 2022

The Princess of Wales, Patron of the Rugby Football League, will attend the England vs Papua New Guinea Rugby League World Cup 2021 Quarter Final match on Saturday 5th November at the DW Stadium in Wigan.

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) marks a breakthrough moment in the history of the tournament, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cup competitions being staged alongside one another for the first time. The tournament will also be the most visible Rugby League event in history with all 61 games in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being broadcast live on the BBC.

Ahead of the game, Her Royal Highness will speak with representatives from groups who have played an integral part in the delivery of the RLWC2021 Social Impact Programme. Launched in June 2018, the programme has aimed to provide a tangible positive impact to local communities, primarily focussing on the tournament’s host towns and cities. Over the past four years, more than £25 million of investment has been delivered through the programme to tackle inequalities, increase opportunities for people from all backgrounds to access rugby league and promote positive mental health.

The Princess will then proceed to the pitch where she will meet the England and Papua New Guinea teams. Her Royal Highness will also join a minute of non-silence, held to mark the tournament’s Movember Mental Fitness Match Day. Unifying the whole stadium, the moment aims to combat the damaging impact that silence can have upon men’s mental health with one man losing their life to suicide every minute around the world.

The Princess will then take her seat for the match and will have the opportunity to meet members of the England Women’s Rugby League team during half time, following their match against Canada.

The match will be the first that The Princess of Wales has attended since becoming Patron of the Rugby Football League earlier this year. Established in 1895, the Rugby Football League is the national governing body for Rugby League in the UK – covering all forms of grassroots and the professional game, including women’s and wheelchair rugby.

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