Duchess of Cambridge shows off rugby skills at Twickenham
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Kate Middleton, 40, has become the Patron of English Rugby, replacing Prince Harry in the position as of last week. The Duchess of Cambridge then joined the England rugby team for a training session in Twickenham on February 2. Kate delighted royal fans when she showcased her sporting skills to mark the announcement of her two new rugby patronages.
But the Duchess is not the only rugby fan in the Royal Family.
Prince William is the Patron of Welsh Rugby and Princess Anne is the Patron of Scottish Rugby.
But Zara Tindall’s husband Mike Tindall, 43, was a professional rugby player for England in the Rugby World Cup.
Mike later gave his verdict on Kate’s training session at Twickenham Stadium.
Former England rugby star Mike was asked about his cousin-in-law’s new roles on his podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby this week.
He said the Duchess looked “effortless” on the pitch.
Co-host Alex Payne told Mike and James Haskell: “Well can I just say something which is 77 caps for your country [James] and 75 caps for your country [Mike], she looks a more natural rugby player than both of you put together.”
Mike replied: “I texted Ellis [Genge] and said: ‘Mate, please tell me anything she messed up on?’ so I could family WhatsApp group get to her.
“But he said: ‘No she was actually pretty good, and she was really good at kicking,’ and I was like [sighs].
“She has this competitive nature.” Alex agreed, saying: “She looked unbelievably natural.”
James added: “When she was announced, I thought amazing because we know she obviously likes her rugby.
“But the way she caught the ball, the way she jumped in the line-out, the little outside break.
“She was utterly fantastic, she was really, really, really good.
“And so I was like amazing, and dual-sport, what an amazing ambassador.”
Mike added of Kate: “Just imagine, anyone who’s ever tried it, getting thrown up in the line-out if you’ve never done it before is not easy because normally, you’ll kick the prop in either the nuts or the face as he’s lifting you and she just looked effortless.
“The best thing is when it rolls to England and Wales, we get the battle of the Cambridges.”
Kate has always loved sport, as the Duchess was a very talented sports player whilst at school.
Once she became a working royal, Kate always threw herself into sporting activities.
The royal has been known to incorporate a generous amount of cardio and weight training into her lifestyle, and is said to prefer working out without the help of a personal trainer.
Kate joined Eddie Jones’ England side for a training session at Twickenham Stadium on February 2, dressed in the full kit as she completed exercises with members of the men’s and women’s squads.
As Mike hinted, there’s a chance we could see Kate and her husband, Prince William, get competitive later this month.
The Duke of Cambridge is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales will take on England at Twickenham on Saturday, February 26 in the Guinness Six Nations 2022.
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