Jack’s the lad for Wales’ big clash | News

Sunday, 3 February 2019

– Local People

by Tim ChapmanGEM Reporter

A Llantwit Major youngster will take centre stage when Wales play England at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, February 23.

Jack Robson is the Welsh mascot on the day and will be leading the team out with Alun Wyn Jones.

Jack plays for Llantwit Major under-12s and was congratulated on the honour when two surprise visitors appeared at a training session on January 23 – Wales international Josh Navidi and former international and TV commentator Eddie Butler.

The announcement that Jack would be the Welsh can be viewed on ‘Eddie Butler’s Six Nations’, which was televised on January 30 on BBC 1, and can still be seen on the BBC iPlayer.

In the programme, Eddie Butler said: “To lead Wales out at Principality Stadium at least there is a helping hand. Keeping the captain steady against England will be a player deep in the Vale of Glamorgan.

“I’ve come to see Jack, ‘Smiler’, 12 years old, hooker and first out on the big night.”

The cameras then captured the moment Josh Navidi congratulated Jack with a handshake.

Jack’s mum Leah told Eddie Butler: “We bought Jack the membership for the WRU for his birthday and we were sent an email to ask him to enter the prize draw to be a mascot, which is something he has always wanted to do, and literally a couple of days later there was a phone call to say he had been picked.”

The Wales v England match looks as if it will be a titanic tussle. In their opening fixtures both teams earned impressive away wins – Wales in France and England in Ireland.

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