11-year-old Anish only started playing rugby this year, when he attended an introductory training session hosted by DHL that featured the captains of the Indian national men’s and women’s teams.
It was a day that will live long in Anish’s memory. As well as developing a newfound love for rugby – particularly the tackling and teamwork – it was at this event that he was chosen to be India’s Match Ball Delivery representative, a moment that he will never forget.
DHL’s global Match Ball Delivery program has given 48 lucky children the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver the official match ball onto the field at a Rugby World Cup 2019™ match.
1. What’s your favorite position?
I love playing Hooker as they play an important role in the team and I enjoy throwing the ball in at the lineout.
"I was on cloud nine and I was so excited"Anish Raul
2. How did you feel when you heard you had been selected to carry an official match ball onto the pitch at RWC2019?
I was on cloud nine and I was so excited when I learnt I had been selected to carry the official match ball onto the pitch at Rugby World Cup 2019.
3. What do you think it’s going to be like to carry the ball onto the field?
I will feel extremely proud to represent my country when carrying the match ball onto the field. Hopefully I’ll inspire other kids my age in India to take up rugby.
4. How do you feel about going to Rugby World Cup in Japan?
Japan is an amazing country that has a rich culture. I can’t wait to learn more about it. I’m going to make sure I make the most of this amazing opportunity, as I will remember it for my whole life.
5. Who is your favorite player and why?
My favorite player is Codie Taylor from New Zealand. He plays in my favorite position (Hooker) for the All Blacks and his speed is amazing – I love watching him play.
6. Who do you think will win RWC2019 and why?
New Zealand – I think they’re the best in the world.