Liam’s lead­ing role

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The roar of the crowd, spine-tin­gling an­thems and mil­lions of in­ter­na­tional view­ers fol­low­ing their ev­ery step will be life-long mem­o­ries for one lucky Pu­taruru rugby fan.

Eleven-year-old Liam Hawkes has been se­lected as an ANZ Fu­ture Cap­tain and will lead Wales onto the field along­side their cap­tain when they play Fiji on Oc­to­ber 2 at 6pm at Waikato Sta­dium, Hamil­ton.

ANZ busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Shane Southby said the prize was a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity for the young­ster who would stand be­side the play­ers as they sang their national an­them.

‘‘We are thrilled that we can give Liam a Rugby World Cup 2011 ex­pe­ri­ence he’ll never for­get.

‘‘Liam is one of 96 chil­dren from around New Zealand who will be ANZ Fu­ture Cap­tains and ac­com­pany a Rugby World Cup 2011 cap­tain on to the field. We’re sure the lo­cal crowds will re­ally cheer them on,’’ Mr Southby said.

LEAD­ING WALES: Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dent Liam Hawkes pic­tured with ANZ busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Shane Southby.

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