Prince William beams and sings as Prince of Wales attends Argentina Rugby World Cup clash

Prince William

Prince William was spotted in the crowd ahead of Wales' Rugby World Cup clash with Argentina

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 14/10/2023

- 16:07

Updated: 14/10/2023

- 16:21

The match is taking part at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille

Prince William looked delighted prior to Wales' Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown with Argentina on Saturday.

The 41-year-old was snapped in the crowd at the Stade Velodrome alongside his son, Prince George.

Footage from ITV showed William singing along to the Wales national anthem as they look to make the last four of the competition.

Images also showed him beaming and looking relaxed prior to kick off in France.

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Prince William had a smile on his face before Wales' Rugby World Cup showdown with Argentina


William was snapped in a smart blue suit with a red and white tie - which seems to be a way of showing support for Wales.

George was dressed similar, with the youngster looking around at his surroundings.

William was sat alongside Sir Bill Beaumont, Chairperson of World Rugby.

One image shows the pair in conversation with the Prince of Wales looking amused.

Whether he still has a smile on his face come the end of the match, however, remains to be seen.

Wales are hoping to make the semi-finals for the third tournament in a row, having previously done so at the last competition in Japan in 2019 and, before that, in England four years previously.

And it's certainly been a positive campaign from Warren Gatland's side so far.

Wales got their hopes of glory up and running on September 10 with a hard-fought victory over Fiji.

They then followed that up by thumping Portugal 28-8.

A true test of their mettle followed with Wales locking horns with Eddie Jones' Australia on September 24.

But the Aussies were no match for Gatland's side, with the Dragons thumping them 40-6 to all but end their hopes of glory.

Wales made it four wins from four with a 43-19 win over Georgia last time out.

As for Argentina, the underdogs lost to England in their opening match with George Ford's kicking doing the job for Steve Borthwick's team.

Since then, however, they've managed to secure three victories in a row.

Argentina beat Samoa 19-10 before then steamrolling Chile with a 59-5 victory.

Their most impressive result, however, came against Japan last weekend.

Argentina won 39-27 to set up the blockbuster showdown with Wales, with coach Michael Cheika thrilled by his side's performance.

Speaking before the match in France, Gatland said it would be a 'huge achievement' to make the semis once again.

"It would be our third semi-final, and then in 2015 we were leading South Africa for 75 minutes (in the quarter-finals) and conceded at the end," he said.

"Reflecting on that, we would be pretty proud.


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Prince William looked happy to be in France as Wales lock horns with Argentina at the Rugby World Cup


"I have always spoken about how much I have enjoyed the World Cup preparations.

"It is the only time you get to feel like you are a club side in getting that detail done. You feel like you have made a huge amount of progress.

"After all the challenges during the Six Nations, with the potential (player) strike and the contracts and the money with the Union (Welsh Rugby Union) and regions, as coaches we would joke about what would happen next, what would be the next thing thrown at us?.

"I definitely think there has been a line in the sand drawn under that. If we can make the semi-final it would be a huge achievement for this group of players and coaches, who have done a great job, and the backroom staff have been outstanding.

"I know there are some people and some teams out there who won't want to face a Wales team when they start playing with confidence and when we start having momentum.

"That is when we are at our most dangerous. We are starting to look that way at the moment."

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