Kate Middleton 'setting alarm clock early' to cheer on England rugby team at Women's World Cup

Princess Catherine, who is Patron of England Rugby, has sent a good luck message ahead of the tournament which starts tomorrow.

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The Princess of Wales suggests she will wake up before 04:45am on Saturday to cheer on England Women's Senior Rugby team at the World Cup in New Zealand.

Princess Catherine, who is Patron of England Rugby, has sent a good luck message ahead of the tournament which starts tomorrow.

England are due to play Fiji at Eden Park in Aukland at 16:45 local time (04:45am UK time) on Saturday 8th October.

In a message shared on England Rugby's Twitter, the Princess said: "I wanted to take a moment to wish the Red Roses all the very best of luck for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

"I had so much fun with you all at Twickenham earlier this year and I cannot wait to see how you get on during the tournament.

"For many of the team, this will be the first World Cup you have played in. Congratulations on being selected for the squad. I know this will be a particularly proud moment in your career so far, and I hope you enjoy every minute.

"I was also delighted to hear that some of the winning squad from 2014 are back to help bring the cup home again. Good luck for the weeks ahead. I'll be setting my alarm clock early to cheer you on all the way".

The late Queen gave The Princess of Wales the patronages of the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union in February, which was one of Prince Harry's former roles when he was a working member of the Royal Family.

Her Royal Highness joined a training session at the home of England Rugby, Twickenham, to meet players from the men's and women's squads in February.

It is understood the patronages coincide with Princess Catherine's "longstanding passion for sport" and the lifelong benefits it can provide, bot within communities and on an individual level. England Women's Senior Rugby Union Team were champions in the Rugby World Cup, hosted by France, in 2014.