EXCITED Marr Rugby youngster Jack Sharman enjoyed one of his proudest moments when he took centre stage with Scotland at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Jack could barely contain his joy after being named as the first Official Mascot for Rugby World Cup 2019, courtesy of an Official Worldwide partner, Land Rover.

The 12-year-old was successfully chosen by a star-studded rugby panel consisting of Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Lewis Moody, and current internationals Anthony Watson, Leigh Halfpenny, George North, and Huw Jones for demonstrating how they embody the values of rugby during a Land Rover UK organised grassroots festival at Bath Rugby’s training ground, Farleigh House.

After being selected, the Marr RFC youngster was presented with a bespoke ceremonial Rugby World Cup 2019 Land Rover cap, one of nine issued to selected mascots from the UK.

He had the honour of leading out Scotland out when they played Ireland in the first match at the International Stadium Yokohama on September 23.

The selection process took part during Land Rover’s Rugby Tour, a grassroots tournament between six affiliate community clubs from Bath Rugby, Glasgow Warriors and Cardiff Blues at Bath’s Farleigh House.

Three mascot places were available on the day as each participant submitted a video explaining why they should be selected. Jack’s strong case showed how they demonstrate the values of grassroots rugby; integrity, courage, pride, composure and capability.

Jack said before going: “It’s amazing, I can’t believe I was out in Japan.

“I was bit nervous, but I’ll also very excited to meet the players. I am a huge Glasgow Warriors and Scotland fan.”

Land Rover is official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019. With over 20 years of heritage supporting rugby at all levels, Land Rover is celebrating what makes rugby, rugby. #LandRoverRugby.