Kate Middleton has wished the Red Roses rugby team good luck in a video message ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand, which kicks off this weekend.

The Princess of Wales said she will be “setting her alarm early” to watch the England women’s team in the tournament in a new clip shared on the official England Rugby Twitter account on Friday.

Kate is seen beaming in the video as she offers her best wishes to the Red Roses and voices her hopes for the team to “bring the cup home” again, after last winning in 2014.

The princess became the new patron of the England Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union, inheriting the role from brother-in-law Prince Harry back in February.

Kate has been openly passionate about sports, having been an avid player of tennis and hockey as a child, and watched rugby with her family years before she married Prince William.

The princess cheered on the Red Roses on in her video message as she wore a bright red tweed blazer from Zara with an embellished rose-shaped brooch, stylishly representing the rugby team.


Kate said in the one-minute clip: “Hello everyone. I wanted to take a moment to wish the Red Roses all the very best of luck for the rugby world cup in New Zealand.

“I had so much fun with you all at Twickenham earlier this year and I cannot wait to see how you get on during the tournament.”

The princess visited Twickenham earlier this year to meet the England Rugby team and even participated in their training session.

Kate continued: “For many of the team this will be the first world cup you've played in — congratulations in being selected for the squad.

“I know this will be a particularly proud moment in your career so far and I hope you enjoy every minute.

“I was also delighted to hear that some of the winning squad from 2014 are back to help bring the cup home again.”

Kate added finally: “Good luck for the weeks ahead. I'll be setting my alarm clock early to cheer you on all the way.”

The video posted on Twitter was led with the caption: “A special good luck message for the #RedRoses from our patron The Princess of Wales”, tagging the princess’ social media account.

This was followed by a hashtag with the delightful nickname #TeamDream given to the Red Roses.

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