INTOUCH We saw rugby at its very best
I took my 11-year-old son, Ben, to watch Scarlets play at Leicester in the Heineken Cup. He was dressed in his Wales shirt with his Welsh flag proudly wrapped around his shoulders, so there was no mistaking which side we were supporting! Yet on arriving at Welford Road, we were welcomed warmly by the Leicester fans.
During half-time my son noticed Sam Warburton on commentary duty in front of us. Sam is his favourite player, so he begged me to see if he would agree to a selfie. I’m not normally one to disturb players but as my son was unlikely to get another opportunity to meet his rugby idol, I politely approached. Spotting my son dressed as he was, Sam jumped to his feet and posed for this photo to Ben’s delight.
At the end of the game, we made a quick dash for the exit but arrived in the tunnel just as the players were coming in. My son begged to stay and watch the Scarlets players come through to the changing rooms.
Despite a painful defeat, to a man the Scarlets players high-fived my son and thanked us for making the trip. A fantastic demonstration to a young player of how to deal with defeat.
Our thanks to the fans for a great atmosphere, to the Scarlets players for their gracious attitude, and to Sam Warburton for making my son’s day.
Meeting your hero Ben Stephens withSam Warburton