Jake wins cup spot
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.