Brian Joss –
As part of Land Rover’s Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015) campaign, #WeDealInReal, one lucky pupil won a trip to RWC 2015 as an official Land Rover Mascot.
Jason Breda (12) from Cape Town will be the official mascot when South Africa and Japan face off at the Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton, England in September.
As a worldwide partner of the tournament, Land Rover’s Mascot promotion forms part of its #WeDealInReal RWC 2015 campaign, which aims to champion rugby’s grassroots and highlights Land Rover’s commitment to all levels of the game. Land Rover is recruiting all 96 Mascots for the tournament, including one child from each participating nation.
In June more than 85 children from various schools took part in a rugby clinic, hosted by Land Rover South Africa at the WP Rugby training grounds. The participants were put through their paces by volunteer rugby coaches from the WP Training Academy.
With Land Rover Ambassador John Smit present, as well as WP rugby stars, the children spent the morning receiving coaching and playing rugby with their heroes, past and present. Each walked away with an official RWC 2015 ball.
Smit, who ledSouth Africa to victory at Rugby World Cup 2007, said: “For Land Rover to offer such an exciting prize to a South African child is testament to the brand’s support for rugby around the world. Rugby World Cup 2015 is the pinnacle of the game and Jason will get the incredible chance to be right at the heart of the action, for an experience he will never forget.”
There was also a special surprise for one of the coaches who was chosen to join Land Rover at RWC 2015. Gert Kotze from Strand took part in a training session for coaches facilitated by top referee, Craig Joubert, also a Land Rover Ambassador. Gert was presented with his prize at a breakfast with Joubert, rugby legend Kobus Wiese, and rugby commentator Matthew Pearce. The announcement came as a surprise to an emotional Kotze.