The face of World Cup

9-yr-old girl stars in rugby ad­vert cam­paign

North Wales Weekly News - - WRITTEN BY YOU - BY JEZ HEM­MING

ARUGBY cap­tain known as Red Bull has been seen by mil­lions of view­ers af­ter be­com­ing the face of O2’s World Cup advertising cam­paign – and she’s a nine-year-old from Llysfaen.

Alex Evans, skip­per of Llan­dudno RFC un­der-9s, was told in June she had been cho­sen as the face of the cam­paign, which would im­mor­talise her in car­toon form.

She can be seen in the Make Them Giants clip as the lit­tle girl who is car­ried aloft by Eng­land cap­tain Chris Rob­shaw.

The Ys­gol Bod Alaw, Col­wyn Bay, pupil – nick­named Red Bull be­cause of her shock of red hair and bound­less energy – got the chance to meet the Eng­land team in July and of­fered them some ad­vice on how to play the game.

“I told them don’t run side­ways, don’t be afraid and show them who’s boss,” said Alex.

“I played ta­ble ten­nis with them and there was a big games room.

“I told them I did box­ing too and when I punched the ball it hit Mike Brown in the face.

“It was a big sur­prise when I found out I had won and I was run­ning around the house like crazy.”

Fire­fighter mum Amy Crox­ton said her sis­ter Vic­to­ria en­tered Alex for the com­pe­ti­tion. “My sis­ter saw it and they wanted some­one to rep­re­sent rugby for the World Cup,” she said. “We had to send a pic­ture and a short writeup about why she should rep­re­sent rugby.”

Alex’s write-up on why she loved rugby was all about team spirit. She wrote: “Rugby is my fa­voritist thing in the world. As much as I love play­ing rugby, I love be­ing the cap­tain, and hold­ing the team to­gether, help­ing them fo­cus when we play dirty teams and get­ting re­sults.

“I love how proud I feel when we walk on and off the pitch to­gether.”

Si­mon Beards, her coach at Llan­dudno, said she’s a fu­ture in­ter­na­tional player. “I could def­i­nitely see her in a Wales shirt,” he said.

“Abil­ity gets you so far and at­ti­tude gets you the rest of the way. She’s got at­ti­tude in abun­dance. That will take her through life.”

Asked by Rob­shaw who she was sup­port­ing in the World Cup, Alex said she sup­ported Wales but wouldn’t mind if it was a draw be­tween them and Eng­land.

Amy said Alex, who wants to be a rugby coach when she grows up, was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed af­ter the English lost to Aus­tralia on Satur­day.

She said: “She said to me: ‘They didn’t lis­ten to my ad­vice, did they?’”

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