RFL to welcome Royal Patron to Wembley

The Rugby Football League is delighted to confirm that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be Chief Guest at Wembley on Saturday August 24 for the 118th Challenge Cup Final, between St Helens and Warrington Wolves.

HRH The Duke of Sussex has been Patron of the Rugby Football League since December 2016, when he succeeded his grandmother Her Majesty the Queen.

Simon Johnson, Interim Chair of the Rugby Football League, said:

“The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final is established as a special and historic day in the British sporting calendar. It was first contested in 1897, and first staged at Wembley Stadium in 1929 – and we are delighted and honoured that The Duke of Sussex will be attending in his role as Patron of the Rugby Football League. We hope His Royal Highness will enjoy seeing the two current best teams in front of a passionate and colourful crowd at Rugby League’s showpiece event.”

The 2019 Coral Challenge Cup Final promises to be a thrilling national sporting occasion. St Helens, making their first Wembley appearance since 2008, versus Warrington Wolves, who lost last year’s final to the Catalans Dragons.


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