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Just go and win it! Prince Harry's rallying cry for England ahead of Rugby World Cup final |

Just go and win it! Prince Harry’s rallying cry for England ahead of Rugby World Cup final

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Royals, sports stars, celebrities and politicians today joined forces with fans to urge England’s rugby heroes: bring the World Cup home.

Their words of encouragement came as head coach Eddie Jones’s men prepared for their clash with South Africa in the Yokohama International Stadium which kicks off at 9am tomorrow.

Prince Harry, who is patron of the Rugby Football Union and has flown to Japan for the game, sent a good luck message to the England team with a photo of son Archie in a red rose jersey.

Flanker Sam Underhill said: “As a group we’ve had a couple of messages from Prince Harry. He sent us a nice message of support, which was nice to receive. He showed his little lad in an England shirt, so that was a nice touch.”

The Duchess of Sussex, who has stayed at home, revealed that Archie will wear an England babygro when they watch the final tomorrow on TV.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today: “I think I speak on behalf of millions of people in this country in wishing the best of luck to England in the World Cup final against South Africa.

“Looking at what they can do, I absolutely know they can bring back the William Webb Ellis cup from Japan. Go for it England! You’ve got an amazing ability to win, I’ve never seen a time like it. Come on England, win the World Cup!”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “I wish Eddie Jones, Owen Farrell and the whole England team good luck for the Rugby World Cup final.

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“You’ve done brilliantly so far — just one more game to go to finish the job.”

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said: “Winning the Men’s Rugby World Cup would be a huge achievement. I obviously would have preferred to be cheering on Scotland, but as someone who supports our family of nations I want to wish the England team good luck for Saturday!”

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Across the country, millions of rugby fans will be settling in front of screens at home and in pubs, bars and cafes for England’s biggest match in 12 years.

It follows crushing wins over Australia and New Zealand in the quarter and semi-finals. Analysts estimate £30 million will be spent on breakfasts, beer and memorabilia this weekend.

The economic boost rises to £250 million over the next four years if England win, according to consultancy Brand Finance. It comes in the form of a £120 million increase in revenue from sponsors and broadcast rights for the RFU, and £100 million extra for Premiership clubs.

Bryn Anderson, director of sports services at Brand Finance, said:  “The 19-7 victory over the ‘God of Rugby’, the All Blacks, propelled England from being the underdogs to strong contenders to lift the trophy for the second time.”

Among those wishing the team well were world champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, who said: “I am a huge England fan. And I am forever an optimist so of course I think we’ll smash it.”

His Dark Materials actress Ruth Wilson said: “If they win, they would get a kiss from me. Every single one of them. I hope that encourages them. It might put them off.”

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TV host Maya Jama said: “My message for the team is go out there, smash it, have the best time ever, and represent, mwah.”

Actor Laurence Fox called on England to “crush” the opposition and then celebrate “an epic victory.”

Writer and model Sophie Dahl said: “Good luck England. I bet they’ll win easily.”

Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson said: “Good luck to England, we will be supporting you from afar and know you will make us proud.”

YouTube star Joe Sugg also wished the team good luck.

Former England player Nick Easter, who was in the side that lost to South Africa in the 2007 final, said: “Everyone can see how well England are playing. I would lay down the challenge that they can win the next World Cup as well.”

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