Boy, 10, leads out Japan as Rugby World Cup mascot

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A ten-year-old boy will be leading out Japan as the official team mascot in their Rugby World Cup 2015 match against Scotland at 2.30pm.

Rory Hammond from Wolverton has wanted to be a rugby player since he was five years old.

Today, he will walk out on the pitch at Gloucester’s Kingsholm stadium in front of 16,000 people - and millions more at homes.

Rory, who plays for Towcestrians RFC, said: “It will be awesome. I can’t wait to go on the pitch and experience the atmosphere.

“It’s about playing my favourite sport with my friends and having fun and of course watching and following Leicester Tigers.”

The St Mary and St Giles School pupil was picked out of hundreds of thousands of people across the glove to be a mascot in the Rugby World Cup after auditioning via video.

Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Deputy Leader for Milton Keynes Council said: “To have a local boy from Milton Keynes leading out a team at Rugby World Cup is fantastic.

“I am so pleased for Rory; this is a wonderfully exciting opportunity to be right in the thick of it. I hope Rory really enjoys the experience and maybe one day he will be one of the players being led out by a mascot at a Rugby World Cup.”

For more information about the match visit: www.rugbyworldcup.com/match/14196#latest