His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Messagwe from RFU: 

"We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with Her Majesty The Queen,and her family at this sad time.

As a mark of respect, we encourage clubs to follow the guidance below this Saturday 17 April:

• It is suggested there is no rugby activity between 3pm and 4pm when the funeral is taking place
• It is suggested for those present at the club to mark the national minute’s silence at 3pm
• Should clubs have flags flying, we would ask you to consider lowering them to half mast

A keen sportsman, The Duke of Edinburgh was last at Twickenham with his grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final.

We are very grateful for his support of our sport throughout the years".