LIMERICK brothers Leon Campbell and Jamie Herbert enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime on Sunday when the pair got to be team mascots for Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations opener with Wales at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
Leon is nine years old and is in third class at Scoil Ide in Corbally. A keen rugby fan, he plays the game with his older brother and friends. He plans to play on the schools team when he reaches fifth class.
Leon’s favourite player is Ireland out-half Jonny Sexton and Munster is his favourite team.
Thirteen-year-old Jamie is 13 years old and attends St Munchin’s College where he is in first year. Jamie was the fourth St Munchin’s player to be on the pitch at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday along with tryscorer Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan.
Jamie plays rugby with his school team and his favourite player is Munster back-row CJ Stander, who made his Ireland debut in Sunday’s game at Lansdowne Road.
Jamie supports both Munster and Ireland. He also plays football with Corbally Utd.
The boys have twin brothers, Blake and Reece, and their mum and dad, Paul and Leia Campbell were also at the 6 Nations match on Sunday.
Leon and Jamie were the winners of a recent Ulster Bank competition to be Irish rugby mascots for the day. The pair accompanied Irish captain Rory Best onto the pitch for the big game.
The Limerick brothers also met President Michael D Higgins before the playing of the national anthems as well as as IRFU President Martin O’Sullivan, of UL-Bohemian.