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Prince Harry has been appointed as Honorary President of England Rugby 2015, the organising committee delivering Rugby World Cup 2015.
With one year to go to the event, Prince Harry will now play an important role in welcoming the 20 qualifying nations to Rugby World Cup 2015.
Prince Harry is a keen Rugby fan and serves as Vice Patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
To mark the one year to go milestone, Prince Harry took part in an exclusive photo shoot with Rugby World Cup 2003 winner and England Rugby 2015 Ambassador Jonny Wilkinson.
"With one year to go to the tournament, we are delighted to announce that Prince Harry has agreed to be our Honorary President,” said England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans.
"The Prince is a great Rugby fan and recently inspired us all with the Invictus Games.
"We have no doubt that he will help us achieve our aim of staging a tournament that reaches out to new and existing Rugby fans.”
In the last year, England Rugby 2015 has made strong progress with planning and delivery of the tournament.
Tickets are currently on sale and fans will find out which tickets they have successfully applied for in October 2014.
Any remaining tickets will go back on sale in November 2014.
Elsewhere over 20,000 applications received for the 6,000 places in 'The Pack', the official Tournament Volunteer Programme, while the International Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has visited five countries on its 15 nation tour.
It is now set to visit Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Dubai, China Canada, Italy, Romania, Germany and France.
Planning is now underway for a special 100 day Trophy Tour, taking the Webb Ellis Cup to England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales from June 10 to September 18, 2015.
Detailed transport plans for each of the 13 match venues have been developed, and city delivery plans are in place for all the host cities.
Venues for the official RWC 2015 Fanzones around the country in each host city will be announced next year.
"I am delighted with the progress that the England Rugby 2015 team is making with one year to go until the start of the tournament,” said Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant.
"Prince Harry will be a fantastic Honorary President for the competition, with his great love of the sport and his experience putting on a fantastic Invictus Games.
"Rugby World Cup 2015 will further build on this country's excellent reputation for putting on major sporting events. It will leave a great legacy for the sport, boost tourism and help grow the economy.”