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Noah takes centre stage at Rugby World Cup

Community | 23rd September 2019

Cardiff youngster Noah Barton was at centre-stage this morning as an Official Mascot at Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan thanks to Official Worldwide partner Land Rover.

The Llandaff North junior ran out alongside Alun Wyn Jones in Japan as Wales kicked-off their tournament with a 43-14 victory over Georgia, after winning a mascot competition earlier this year.

Noah 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 he embodies the values of rugby during a Land Rover UK organised grassroots festival at Bath Rugby’s training ground, Farleigh House.

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. Noah’s strong case demonstrated the values of grassroots rugby; integrity, courage, pride, composure and capability.

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