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.
Among those selected is nine-year-old Emily Irwin from Omagh in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, whose match ball delivery will take place at Ireland’s opening match of the tournament, against Scotland at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday September 22.
Get to know Emily ahead of Rugby World Cup and watch out for the budding winger’s journey on DHL social media (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) during the tournament.
But first, watch the amazing moment when Emily Irwin was announced as Ireland’s Match Ball Delivery:
1. When did you start playing rugby?
I started playing rugby when I was four years old when my dad took my brother and I down to Omagh Accies minis on a Saturday morning. I tried it out for two weeks and really loved it - I was the only girl in my age group at that time.
2. What do you like about playing rugby?
I love playing with my friends, having fun and I like doing all the cool moves I’ve learned which I can use in other games like tag and hockey. I really enjoy when we have to play other teams and love to score tries and run fast down the line like Jacob Stockdale.
“I love playing with my friends, having fun and I like doing all the cool moves I’ve learned.”Emily Irwin
3. How did you feel when you heard you had been selected to carry an official match ball onto the pitch at RWC2019?
I was so shocked when the DHL man came to my school. I thought he was just delivering a parcel to my teacher. I couldn’t believe it and I started to cry happy tears. I didn’t think I would win. I am so excited to be able to do this.
4. What do you think it’s going to be like to carry the ball onto the field?
I am nervous, scared and excited. I know everyone will cheer and there will be lots of people there. I have been to watch Ireland and Ulster play in the Aviva stadium and know how noisy can be. I can’t wait to see all the players running onto the pitch close to me - it’s very exciting.
5. Who do you think will win the RWC and why?
Ireland of course because they will try really hard and never give up!