Day to remember for Deeside’s Tom

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Earlier this month, Scotland triumphed over Samoa to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter finals at St. James Park 
in Newcastle.

While most Scots will have been present for that game, one young Deesider had his memorable moment on the same pitch the night before.

Tom Blackhall, a youth player for Deesider Rugby, represented his club - socks and all, as he walked onto the park with reigning World Champions New Zealand.

The All Blacks went on to secure there place in the Quarter-finals after thrashing Tonga 47-9 and Tom, who won a competition earlier this year to receive the honour, was the teams official mascot for the match.

He said: “On arrival at the St James Park we got to have a look behind the scenes and had a rehearsal of what I would be doing.

“The highlight of my day was lining up in the tunnel with the All Black captain Kieran Reid asking me how I was feeling and he put his hand out for me to shake. I wished him good luck.

“Walking out on to the pitch passed the Webb Ellis Trophy to an atmosphere that was electrifying ,I could hardly here myself think.

“I felt very proud standing besides the All Blacks wearing my Deeside club socks. A Day I will never forget!”