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Rugby League World Cup: Prince Harry hosts as England men draw Samoa

• Holders Australia draw Fiji, Scotland and Italy• Prince oversees 2021 draw proceedings at Buckingham PalaceEngland will play Samoa in the opening match of the 2021 World Cup at St James’ Park, Newcastle.The Pacific Islanders were the first nation to …

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David Squires on … everything kicking off at Sandringham FC

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Prince Harry to make Rugby League World Cup draw as planned

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Slapdash England suffer their own It’s a Royal Knockout humiliation

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Invictus Games 2018 – in pictures

More than 500 injured servicemen and women have gathered to compete in 13 sports in Sydney, Australia. It is the fourth Invictus Games to be held, following events in London, Orlando and Toronto. ‘Invictus has become about the example of service and de…

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Prince Harry opens fourth Invictus Games in Sydney

More than 500 injured servicemen and women gather to compete in 13 sportsPrince Harry has opened the Invictus Games in Sydney, where more than 500 competitors will be taking part in 13 sports.It is the Invictus Games to be held, following similar event…

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Prince Harry and Jonny Wilkinson launch Rugby World Cup trophy tour – video

With 100 days to go until the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the tournament’s trophy is sent off on a tour, beginning at Twickenham Stadium on Wednesday. Visiting some 300 events in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the trophy will stay on the road u…

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Prince Harry to leave armed forces

Apache pilot, 30, announces his departure in June to volunteer in conservation in Africa, followed by MoD Recovery Capability programme Continue reading…

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Prince Harry to leave armed forces

Apache pilot, 30, announces his departure in June to volunteer in conservation in Africa, followed by MoD Recovery Capability programme Continue reading…

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Prince Harry to leave armed forces

Apache pilot, 30, announces his departure in June to volunteer in conservation in Africa, followed by MoD Recovery Capability programme Continue reading…

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Prince Harry to leave armed forces

Apache pilot, 30, announces his departure in June to volunteer in conservation in Africa, followed by MoD Recovery Capability programme

Prince Harry has confirmed he is to leave the armed forces after 10 years, saying he is at “a crossroads” in his military career.

The 30-year-old Apache pilot, who has undertaken two operational tours of Afghanistan, will first spend four weeks seconded to the Australian Defence Force and then undertake a tour of New Zealand before completing his operational services in June, Kensington Palace said.

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Invictus Games: UK take gold in recumbent bike and US win the handbike event video

At the Invictus Games at the Olympic Park in East London, the GB’s Robert Cromley-Hawke takes gold in the recumbent cycling. Meanwhile the US’s Alfredo De Los Santos wins gold in the handbike time trials and the US team take first place in the wheelcha…

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Festival of sport helping Afghanistan veterans combat stress

Ex-military personnel find new purpose training for Invictus Games with some hoping to become Paralympians Continue reading…

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Wimbledon v Silverstone: who had the better celebrities?  in pictures

We report, you decide. A fearless set of snaps taken from the Wimbledon Royal Box and the pit lane at Silverstone. Whether it’s pong-pong-thwack or purr-purr-growl, we’ve got a famous name for you Continue reading…

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Prince Harrys basketball misses complete poor day for sporting England

Prince is a hit with Brazilian children and female fans at England game while playing the Olympic card in Belo Horizonte Continue reading…

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Prince Harry launches Invictus Games for injured troops at Olympic Park

Prince says he hopes championship modelled on US Warrior Games will stop soldiers being forgotten as Afghan war ends

Prince Harry has made a passionate plea for Britain to come out and support a Paralympic-style championship for injured servicemen and women that he has launched.

Harry suggested the sporting event, called the Invictus Games, would ensure UK troops would not be forgotten as Britain’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan comes to an end. He has been instrumental in bringing the idea for the championship from America, where it is called the Warrior Games, to the UK after seeing the event staged in Colorado last year.

The chancellor, George Osborne, announced £1m to support the project. The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, and London mayor, Boris Johnson, attended the event’s launch at the Copper Box arena at the former Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. Harry, a serving army officer, was dressed in fatigues and gave a short presentation before he later joined some of the wounded troops in a demonstration of seated volleyball.

“It’s not about supporting the conflict in Afghanistan, it’s not about supporting war, it’s not about supporting the forces themselves, but come along, show your support, look at the journey these guys have been through,” Harry said.

“And also take the opportunity if you haven’t done so already … [to] come and sit in these iconic Olympic and Paralympic venues where we won a hell of a lot of medals back in 2012.”

Harry added: “It’s not about winning or losing. The fact that the guys have got to this stage to be able to take part in these events, they have already won in my mind.

“The games itself is an excuse to bring attention to the legacy part. We want to try to get as many of these servicemen and women back into society – giving them jobs and making sure that all the core values that they have been taught in services to make them amazing, wonderful, strong, inspirational people, that they bring it back into the community for the younger generation. Why wouldn’t you do that?”

He added: “We’re drawing down from Afghanistan and people will forget because something will come into the news – look at how busy the world is at the moment.”

Organisers said more than 300 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, serving and veteran, from 13 nations would compete in eight adaptive sports in London from 10-14 September.

On the programme will be athletics, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball and a driving challenge.

Events will be staged in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with track and field events being held at the Lee Valley athletics centre.

Countries taking part range from Afghanistan and Iraq to Germany, Italy and New Zealand.

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will contribute a significant grant to the staging of the games.

A short statement from David Cameron was read at the launch by the defence secretary: “Coming shortly after we host the Nato summit, the games will be a wonderful opportunity to recognise the commitment of those who serve in the United Kingdom’s and our allies’ armed forces and to pay tribute to the sacrifice of those who are wounded or injured.”

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Prince Harry’s rugby union training at Twickenham with schoolchildren – video

Prince Harry joins schoolchildren from across the country at Twickenham for rugby training

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NRL, 1D, boats and princes: a spotter’s guide to Sydney’s weekend visitors

An unlikely mix of people descend on Sydney as the city gears up for a weekend that includes the NRL grand final, the International Fleet Review, One Direction gigs and more