Rugby World Cup honour for Saffron Walden youngster

PUBLISHED: 15:21 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:21 07 October 2015

Mascot Ollie Langton walks out with the Japan team.  Photo by Richard Heathcote - World Rugby via Getty Images

Mascot Ollie Langton walks out with the Japan team. Photo by Richard Heathcote - World Rugby via Getty Images

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Saffron Walden’s Ollie Langton admits he will never forget his moment in the spotlight after getting the chance to run out as one of Land Rover’s Rugby World Cup 2015 official mascots.

Rugby fan Langton was handed the responsibility of walking out alongside Japan for their 26-5 Pool B victory over Samoa at Milton Keynes’ Stadium: MK on Saturday.

It came after the Saffron Walden Rugby Club player was informed that following an audition at the Northampton Saints Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup last season, he had been chosen as one of 96 official Rugby World Cup mascots.

And while emotions were high ahead of running out in front of thousands of spectators, Langton carried out his job superbly, walking out with the teams and then lining up in front of the Japanese players for the national anthems.

His memorable day out continued when he then took a seat in the crowd to cheer on the action, with Langton, a pupil at Saffron Walden County High School, admitting he couldn’t have asked for a better experience of Rugby World Cup 2015.

“I walked out with Japan. They all had their game faces on, so I didn’t speak to them, but it was really cool to be so close to them,” said the 12-year-old.

“I was a little bit nervous. It was a mixture of feelings because I was excited and overwhelmed.

“I am really pleased I got to do it, my family were there watching me and it was a great game.

“It was a shame England didn’t win their game, but now I will be supporting Scotland and Wales.”

Land Rover is a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015 and is recruiting all 96 official mascots for the Tournament as part of its ‘We Deal In Real’ campaign.

Follow @LandRoverRugby #WeDealInReal on Twitter.

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