Jake wins cup spot

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Ac­cord­ing to Jake Peters’ grand­dad Ger­ard O’Neill, Jake may need to sharpen up his Span­ish or French skills in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Flu­ency is not the key, how­ever it’s vi­tally im­por­tant that Jake knows the words to the French and Ar­gen­tine na­tional an­thems.

These are just two of the in­ter­na­tional teams that Jake and his grand­dad be­lieve have a slight chance of mak­ing it into one of two semi­fi­nals at the Rugby World Cup 2011.

The 12-year-old Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent, who has been play­ing rugby since he was four, is one of 96 chil­dren to be cho­sen for the ex­pe­ri­ence of lead­ing an in­ter­na­tional team on to the field dur­ing a Rugby World Cup match.

He will also stand be­side his team while they sing their na­tional an­them.

His mum, Marie en­tered him and his brother Ma­son into the com­pe­ti­tion called the ANZ Fu­ture Cap­tains pro­mo­tion.

‘‘I didn’t tell Jake I had en­tered them un­til after I had found out he had won,’’ she said.

There were no sur­prises when Jake was asked what team he would like to be lead­ing out on to Eden Park.

‘‘The All Blacks. And ralia.’’

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, Jake also se­cured one ticket to the semi which he could give to a fam­ily mem­ber.

After much de­lib­er­a­tion, he chose to take his grand­dad, who is a past pres­i­dent of United Mata­mata Sports Club.

‘‘He’s the big­gest rugby fan I know,’’ Jake said.

Jake’s mum, friends and fam­ily will watch Jake on the big screen.

Mr O’Neill is buzzing about at­tend­ing the semi­fi­nal and said this was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Jake.

‘‘Jake will never get an op­por­tu­nity like this again,’’ Mr O’Neill said.

‘‘I reckon it’s not bad for a kid from Mata­mata.’’

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Semi­fi­nal bound: Mata­mata young­ster Jake Peters will lead one of the teams on to the field at Eden Park at one of the semi­fi­nals at the Rugby World Cup 2011.

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