Leading team on to field a proud moment for Jake
Walking into Eden Park Stadium on Saturday night with the Welsh rugby team in tow was one of Jake Peters’ proudest moments.
The 13 year old won the chance to lead out a team in the semifinals and stand alongside them as they sang their national anthem, after he was selected from the ANZ Future Captains promotion.
He wasn’t told which team he would be leading out until recently but to his Welsh grandmother’s delight it was Wales.
‘‘My grandma and granddad were at Eden Park watching and my relatives in Wales were watching me on the TV,’’ Jake said.
Although Jake is only part Welsh and is purely an All Blacks supporter it was an experience he will remember for the rest of his life.
‘‘Everyone in the crowd was just screaming as loud as they could when the team walked out,’’ he said. ‘‘I just thought ‘ wow’. ‘‘All my mates thought I was going to trip up on the walk out but I knew I wouldn’t.’’
He admitted he didn’t know any words to the Welsh national anthem apart from ‘‘Wales, Wales’’ but he hummed along anyway.
Prior to the game he had anthem rehearsals with the team and was given world cup memorabilia. ‘‘I was given a Rugby World Cup tracksuit, socks and rugby boots to wear,’’ Jake said.
‘‘And before the game we were able to have a play on Eden Park and kick a ball around which was really cool.’’
Jake has played rugby since he was four years old and said he is looking forward to the final this Sunday night when the All Blacks play France at Eden Park.