Northamptonshire junior rugby player chosen to be World Cup mascot

Rory Hammond
Rory Hammond

A schoolboy who plays for a Northamptonshire rrugby club has been selected by two England legends to be a mascot for a World Cup match.

Rory Hammond, aged 10, who plays for Towcestrians Rugby Club, was chosen by World Cup winners Lewis Moody and Jason Robinson for the Scotland versus Japan match next week after an audition.

It means that, after his pre-kick-off duties, he and two members of his family will be able to watch the match for free.

The confirmation email from World Cup organisers said: “Jason and Lewis were incredibly impressed by the passion and energy you demonstrated in your audition and are sure that you will do a fantastic job as an Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Mascot.”

Mum Julie said Rory was incredibly excited about his big day, which will be screened live to millions of people around the world.

She said: “He is a massive rugby fan all he has wanted to be since five years is a rugby player when he grows up.

“He’s absolutley delighted and what’s more, his school have given him the day off!”

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