Fixtures - Top Bar

Slade and Cowan-Dickie surprise Rugby World Cup mascot thanks to Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

An Ivybridge school pupil could barely contain his delight after being surprised by Land Rover and some of Exeter Chiefs biggest stars with the news that he will be an official Rugby World Cup mascot.

Archie Bryan will not have had a better day than on Thursday when, what he thought was a trip to Exeter Chiefs Sandy Park ground to pick up tickets with his dad turned into a meet and greet with Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie.

The Chiefs contingent were there to surprise Bryan with the news that following an audition at the Exeter Chiefs Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup back in October the 12-year-old had been chosen as an official Rugby World Cup mascot.

Bryan, who plays for Ivybridge Community College, will be one of 48 official mascots chosen through the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, a series of national grassroots tournaments, and he admits he is now counting down the days.

"I was told by my dad that we needed to go to Sandy Park to pick up tickets and then as we were walking along outside, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie came up to me and said hi and told me I had been picked, which was amazing," said the Ivybridge Community College pupil.

"I played at the Exeter Chiefs Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup back at the start of the season, it was quite a long time ago and I hadn’t really thought anymore about the audition where I sang the national anthem in front of the camera on the day. So to find out I had been picked as a mascot for Rugby World Cup 2015, I was shocked but it’s such a privilege.

"Henry and Luke were great, we got to go out and do some kicking practice afterwards which I really enjoyed.

"I’ve been playing rugby since I was five years old, it would be great to get to run out at Twickenham during the Rugby World Cup 2015 but if not there, then Sandy Park as I’m a big Exeter Chiefs fan."

Land Rover’s search for mascots forms part of their ‘We Deal In Real’ campaign that aims to put grassroots rugby on the global stage during this year’s Rugby World Cup.

And Chiefs fly-half Slade admitted that days like that were great for promoting rugby at all levels ahead of Sandy Park hosting Rugby World Cup action this Autumn.

"It was pretty funny to see the shock on Archie’s face, he plays for the same team as one of my cousins so that was cool," he said.

"He was lost for words to start with but then he found his voice and I think he’s going to do a great job as a mascot.

"It’s a really good idea to get the youngsters involved in Rugby World Cup 2015 as much as possible, especially with Sandy Park playing host to games.

"Hopefully Rugby World Cup 2015 can inspire the next generation of players, it’s going to be a hell of an experience for Archie."
 

Latest News

‘One Turf Concept’ agreed by rugby, soccer and hockey

World Rugby, FIFA and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) have developed a ground-breaking protocol for multi-surface playing fields that could…

Premiership Rugby Balls

Referee appointments: Wayne Barnes takes charge of 180th Aviva Premiership Rugby clash

Referee Wayne Barnes makes his return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action this weekend, as he takes charge of the huge…

Bath Rugby’s Semesa Rokoduguni raring to go for The Clash

Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni is already counting down the days until his side meet with old rivals Leicester Tigers in…

Semesa Rokoduguni

Aviva Premiership Rugby on BT Sport and ITV

England’s triumphant Six Nations stars will return to their Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs this weekend to continue their assault on…

Sam Aspland-Robinson and Calum Waters re-sign with Harlequins

Harlequins is delighted to confirm today (Wednesday 22nd March) that Academy members Sam Aspland-Robinson and Calum Waters have committed their…

Calum Waters

George Nott Signs A Five Year Deal With Sale Sharks

George Nott has become the latest Sale Sharks player to commit his long term future to the club after signing…

George Nott

Will Hurrell: Bristol Rugby will fight until the very end

Bristol Rugby have been left to lick their wounds for almost three weeks following their disappointing defeat to Worcester Warriors…

Break came at the right time for rejuvenated Sale Sharks, says Magnus Lund

Sale Sharks’ Magnus Lund believes his teammates have taken the opportunity to clear their heads during the Aviva Premiership Rugby…

Leicester Tigers’ George McGuigan ready to kick on after Anglo-Welsh Cup triumph

Leicester Tigers hooker George McGuigan believes his side can draw on their Anglo-Welsh Cup victory over Exeter Chiefs when they…

Jonny May itching to return for Gloucester Rugby ahead of Bristol challenge

Gloucester Rugby winger Jonny May is raring to play again in club colours after featuring in three of England’s four victories in a title-winning…

Marc Jones and Will Cliff re-sign for Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks are delighted to announce that Marc Jones and Will Cliff have re-signed for Sale Sharks, both on two…

Marc Jones and Will Cliff re-sign for Sale Sharks

Round 18 Preview: Saracens v Bath Rugby

Saracens have won their last two Aviva Premiership Rugby matches, against Sale and Newcastle Falcons, to end a three game…

Round 18 Preview: Saracens v Bath Rugby

Round 18 Preview: Wasps v Worcester Warriors

Wasps have lost just one of their last nine Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures: 28-34 at Sale in round 15. Wasps…

Round 18 Preview: Wasps v Worcester Warriors

Round 18 Preview: Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks

Exeter Chiefs are unbeaten in the last ten rounds of Aviva Premiership Rugby since their 10-13 loss at home to…

AJ MacGinty

Round 18 Preview: Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers

Northampton Saints have lost just two of their last seven Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters, both away from home, to Bath…

Freddie Burns

EPCR European Player of the Year 2017 winner to receive one million air miles courtesy of Turkish Airlines

With the high-profile quarter-final matches in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup less than a fortnight away, EPCR in conjunction…

Round 18 Preview: Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons

Harlequins have lost their last three matches at the Twickenham Stoop in all tournaments, against Edinburgh in the European Challenge…

Will Witty

Round 18 Preview: Bristol Rugby v Gloucester Rugby

Bristol Rugby have won just once in Aviva Premiership Rugby since the 12th round: 12-11 at home to Bath on…

Matt Scott

USA star Taufete’e commits to Warriors

Warriors have completed the permanent signing of talented USA international Joe Taufete'e. Having initially joined the Club on a short-term…

Joe-Taufete'e