GOSPORT brothers Huw and Aidan Bones admit they will never forget their moment in the spotlight after getting the chance to run out as two of Land Rover’s Rugby World Cup 2015 official mascots.
The duo were handed the responsibility of walking out as mascots for the match between Samoa and USA at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Sunday.
It came after the Gosport and Fareham rugby club players were informed following an audition at the London Irish Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup last season they had been chosen as two of the 96 official Rugby World Cup mascots.
‘It was obviously a big moment for me, my brother and my family and one I will always remember,’ said Bay House School pupil Huw, 12, who walked out with Samoa.
‘At my audition I did the haka and they were obviously impressed as I got picked.
‘I was nervous and excited but mainly excited.
‘It was great to be so close to the players.
‘I was just trying to concentrate on my job – there were lots of cameras.
‘I was supporting Samoa in the game where my brother was supporting the USA.’
While younger brother Aidan’s USA team did not emerge victorious on the day – eventually losing 25-16 – there was still plenty to cheer, especially after also meeting the Japanese team the night before.
‘I really enjoyed the whole day – I was nervous but excited, especially with my brother being there too,’ said the eight-year-old.
‘I have three teams who I like to support – Ireland, USA and Japan and we were actually staying in the same hotel where the Japanese team did too so we got to meet them after their big win over South Africa.
‘It was such a good experience and something I really enjoyed, all my friends and family were watching out for us on television too.’
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