02:30AM, Thursday 28 August 2014
An international rugby player from Windsor has helped launch a sporting event for wounded and injured members of the armed forces.
James Haskell, Wasps captain and England number eight, helped to launch the Invictus Games on Tuesday, which is championed by Prince Harry.
The former pupil of Papplewick School pupil in Ascot was joined by Lance Corporal Ben Steele, who took up wheelchair rugby after losing a leg in a motorbike accident while serving in the Military Provost Guard Service.
Former Maidenhead Colts player James said: "Over the past few years it has been brilliant to see the overwhelming support for our armed forces and a genuine appreciation of the incredible job they do to protect us. I know there is no prouder moment than to represent your country.
"These guys do it daily, and their commitment, regardless of the risk to themselves, is inspirational."
The launch for the Invictus Games was held at the Olympic Park in London, where the games take place from September 10-14.
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