This weekend sees the return of the Anglo-Welsh Cup and also the start of Premiership Rugby clubs marking Remembrance Day throughout England.
The action kicks off tonight at 7.45pm when Bath Rugby play Leicester Tigers and Worcester Warriors host Bristol Rugby.
A wreath will be laid and the Last Post played followed by a minute’s silence at the Rec.
At Sixways, poppies will be sold by The Royal British Legion volunteers at all turnstiles and in the main reception ahead of the game. The Regional Standard Bearers will then march onto the pitch to present the match ball on the halfway line before the sacrifice given by so many is acknowledged with a minute of applause.
Later tonight, Sale Sharks will play Wasps at 8.15pm after observing a minute’s silence.
On Saturday, Harlequins are mowing a giant Union Jack into the Twickenham Stoop pitch for their game against Exeter Chiefs at 5.30pm and they will be proudly displaying the poppy on their social media channels together with their traditional Harlequins’ logo.
Gloucester Rugby will be wearing a unique shirt featuring a poppy design to mark Remembrance Day for their matches against Saracens on Saturday at 3pm and then away at Northampton Saints on 12 November.
£5 from each shirt will be donated to The Royal British Legion with the shirt available online, from the Megastore at Gloucester Quays and at the club shop at Kingsholm.
This Saturday’s match day has been designated as Forces Day by the club and there will be a minute’s silence, bomb blast demonstration, a bugler playing the Last Post and a bucket collection around the ground.
Newcastle Falcons will be honouring armed forces personnel at Sunday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup visit from Northampton Saints. Prior to the 3pm kick-off there will be a two-minute silence and a rendition of the ‘Last Post’ before the laying of a wreath of poppies on the field. The Poppy Appeal will be collecting inside the stadium, and post-match festivities include a rugby game between the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and 4th Regiment Royal Artillery at 5.15pm.
“We as a club have always enjoyed strong links with our armed forces, and fully appreciate the sacrifices they make for us,” said Mick Hogan, Managing Director, Newcastle Falcons.
“Sunday’s pre-match activities are an opportunity for us and our supporters to pay our respects for lives lost, and for those who have served in battle. Then at 5.15pm we have the opportunity to watch some current Army personnel playing the sport we all love.
“The Poppy Appeal will be inside the stadium collecting for what we all know is a fantastic cause, and it is entirely appropriate we continue to take such an active part in supporting our armed forces.”
Tickets for Sunday’s game at Kingston Park are available from 0871 226 6060 or online.
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