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England players pay respects to mark centenary of end of First World War

England visited the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing at Ypres.

England’s rugby league players have visited the Western Front in Ypres as part of plans to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Members of the squad paid their respects at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing.

England forward James Graham in reflective mood during a visit to the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing (Handout image from the RFL)

The team will also wear a special commemorative jersey for the third Test against New Zealand at Elland Road on Remembrance Sunday, November 11, as a show of support for the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ movement.

Former England captain Jamie Peacock, now team manager, said last week: “The sport of rugby league and the England team, are proud to be associated with the courage and sacrifices of our Armed Forces.”

England captain Sean O’Loughlin pays his respects at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing (Handout image from the RFL)

England begin their three-Test series against New Zealand on Saturday following a dominant 44-6 warm-up win against France.

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