Amazing day at Twickenham for rugby mascot
PUBLISHED: 15:58 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:00 26 March 2015
2015 David Rogers - RFU
It was a "once-in-a-lifetime" occasion.
And despite a heartbreaking finale, which saw England just a converted try away from lifting the Rugby Union Six Nations crown, one young boy from Brooke was treated to an amazing day out at Twickenham.
Jack Blackham, 10, was one of the mascots for England’s 55- 35 victory over France on Saturday.
After making the journey to Twickenham with his parents Robert and Emma Blackham, the avid rugby fan was able to witness first-hand all the build-up to the match as he walked onto the pitch with his fellow mascots.
However, nothing could prepare for the events to follow, with Prince Harry walking past Jack in the players tunnel, and the youngster walking out onto the pitch with Harlequins back-row Nick Easter to a crescendo of noise and fireworks.
The Wymondham Rugby Club U10 player was kitted out in the full England strip, and he stood alongside his heroes to sing the National Anthem.
He then joined his parents in the stand seated just four rows back from the players.
Mrs Blackham said: “It was a fantastic, brilliant day. Jack could not believe it really. He said it was amazing and one of the best bits was waiting in the tunnel for the players to come out.”
Jack was able to keep his kit and was given a match programme with his name in to ensure he will never forget the memorable day. And after a long and tiring day, Jack was back in action on the rugby field the following morning as his team played in the North Walsham rugby festival.