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Rugby World - - BOOTCAMP - Richard Stephens, Leeds, West York­shire

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

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