The Prince of Wales has spoken of enjoying the opening matches of the Rugby World Cup as he visited Bordeaux to watch Wales’ Pool C match against Fiji.
William, patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, was greeted upon his arrival at the Stade de Bordeaux by RWC director Gareth Davies, venue manager Paul Couet-Lannes and WRU president Gerald Davies.
He then met Fijian President Wiliame Katonivere before taking his seat.
The prince first commented on the warm weather in the French city, where temperatures reached 36C this weekend, before discussing the tournament, which began on Friday with hosts France’s 27-13 win over three-time champions New Zealand in Paris began.
“I can’t believe there’s a World Cup again,” he told Gerald Davies.
“It’s exciting when it all kicks off. There have been some good games. The France-New Zealand game was fantastic.”
William’s visit to southwest France came a day after the Princess of Wales watched England beat Argentina 27-10 in Marseille.
Wearing a navy blue suit with a red and white tie, the prince also expressed his admiration for former Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones, the most capped Test rugby player who retired from international duty earlier this year and currently plays for French club Toulon.
“I’m going to look for Alun Wyn,” William said during his conversation with Gerald Davies. “He’s been there for so long, he’s a loyal man.”
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