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Last Updated: Thursday June 30 2005 13:22 GMT

Prince William joins Lions in NZ

Prince William meets the British and Irish Lions
Prince William has arrived in New Zealand to join the British and Irish Lions rugby team's tour there.

He's not travelled there to play against the All Blacks though, he'll just be watching the games and representing the Royal Family.

During his 10-day trip, the prince will carry out his first jobs on his own for the Royal Family.

He will represent the Queen at two ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

The 23-year-old prince met some of the players in the Lions squad and when he posed for photos with them, he joked about being too small.

Normally the prince - who is 6ft 3in - is taller than most people he meets, but rugby players are even bigger, prompting William to say: "I've got to look bigger."

One of the players, Scotland's Gordon Bulloch even joked about getting William on the pitch: "Hopefully he'll come out and kick a ball about. He's meant to be quite good."

Earlier, the prince, who graduated from St Andrews University last week, said it would be a "privilege and an honour" to meet some of New Zealand's war veterans.



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