Kate Middleton shows off impressive rugby skills as she takes part in training session

Kate Middleton showed off her sporty side as she took part in a rugby training session today, Wednesday, as part of her new role as Patron of the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union.

The Duchess of Cambridge met players from the England men’s and women’s rugby squads as they prepare for the upcoming Six Nations championships.

Mum-of-three Kate wore the England Rugby team tracksuit and had her hair tied up in a ponytail as she took to the pitch at Twickenham Stadium for a rugby session run by Head England Coach, Eddie Jones.

Kate, 40, was seeing confidently running with the ball, as well as taking part in a scrum and cheering when she scored a try.

The athletic royal was also seen being lifted up as she went to catch the ball in a lineout.

Following her session on the pitch, Kate met referees Wayne Barnes and Sara Cox for a pitch-side chat to hear more about the journeys they have taken to become professional referees, and about the highlights and challenges that they have faced during their careers.

It comes hours after Kate announced she's taken over Prince Harry's role as Patron of the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union.

The news was confirmed on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official Instagram account on Wednesday morning as they posted a clip of Kate with a ball in her hand as it was passed from player to player.

In the caption, she shared: "I am so thrilled to become Patron of the Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union – two fantastic organisations who are committed to harnessing the power that sport can have in bringing communities together and helping individuals flourish.

"I look forward to working with them across all levels of the games, and to cheering England on in what promises to be an exciting year for both sports! C".

A statement from Kensington Palace added: "These new patronages, which have been given to The Duchess by Her Majesty The Queen, closely align with Her Royal Highness' longstanding passion for sport and the lifelong benefits it can provide, both within our communities and on an individual level."

The move will put her in direct competition with her husband Prince William, 39, as he is the patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, had no choice but to step down from his patronage when he and wife Meghan Markle, 40, quit their roles as senior members of the Royal Family and moved to the US.

Rugby has always been a big part of Kate’s life and the Middleton family used to “plan their weekends” around it.

Kate’s sister Pippa, 38, revealed this when she wrote in Vanity Fair magazine in 2014: “Rugby was a big thing for our family, and the focal point was international matches, which were often played on Saturday afternoons and were as much social as sporting occasions.

“We’d plan our weekends around the big matches, a quick bite to eat at halftime or lunch on our laps, typically a chicken potpie or something equally cozy and English.”

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