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Even with a mascot from Kintyre cheering them on, Scotland’s rugby team’s Six Nations hopes were dashed after defeat to Ireland last weekend.
Drumlemble Primary School pupil Jack Tait-Bennett, aged 10, was one of four youngsters selected to be a virtual mascot for Scotland’s fixture against Ireland in round four of the Guinness Six Nations at BT Murrayfield on Sunday.
Despite the youngsters’ support – and a promising win over England at Twickenham last month – Scotland suffered a 27-24 loss to Ireland.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the young mascots were not able to receive the traditional mascot experience of leading the team out on match day, however, each received a virtual mascot prize package including a season 20/21 replica Scotland shirt, a Macron hoody, a signed letter from Gregor Townsend and a special video message from captain Stuart Hogg – Jack’s favourite player.
It was Jack’s grandad, Bob Tait from Machrihanish, who entered the youngster into a competition for the opportunity to be a virtual mascot and the pair watched the match at home.
Jack’s mum, Carole, said: ‘We were totally surprised and delighted that out of so many children Jack was chosen.
‘He was very excited and had only wished him and the other mascots could have been there in person at Murrayfield to support the Scotland team.
‘Jack’s uncle Greg is from Ireland so I’m sure he was pleased with the end result!’
Jack, a member of Campbeltown Rugby Club, grew up supporting rugby as it is important to his family.
At the age of 15, his grandad played for South of Scotland vs Wales at Cardiff Arms Park, and Jack’s dad has played rugby for various teams abroad.