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Wasps to mark Armistice Day

Wasps to mark Armistice Day

Wasps Rugby will mark 100 years since the end of World War I on Sunday when they host Bristol Bears in the Premiership Rugby Cup.

The club will honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice with a series of gestures, including a minute’s silence before the game kicks off at 3pm.

A giant poppy will be on display on the pitch in the run-up to the start of the match on Remembrance Sunday.

This year marks a century since the armistice was signed to bring an end to First World War combat on November 11, 1918.

Before the fixture begins players from Wasps will lay wreaths on the pitch along with members of the Royal British Legion, cadets and representatives from the SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

There will be a guard of honour for when the players run on, made up of members of 33 Australian Royal Signals and 10 British Army Royal Signals.

Both units will be given five minutes during half-time to read names of former rugby players who fought in World War I, with an accompanying display of images on the big screen.

Outside the ground there will be about 50 cadets collecting for the Royal British Legion, who will also be selling poppies as well as collecting donations alongside SSAFA. All three groups will be represented in the guard of honour.

A 30-strong band from Warwickshire Corps of Drums will be performing outside the stadium pre-match, inside the stadium before kick-off and at half time.

The club has also offered tickets to Bedworth Armistice committee, so they can be present at the fixture.

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