Lead­ing team on to field a proud mo­ment for Jake

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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