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Brooke leads out All Blacks ahead of World Cup win




New Zealand captain Richie McCaw walks out for the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham with Brooke Felming. 'Photo: David Davies/PA Wire. EMN-150311-155929001
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw walks out for the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham with Brooke Felming. 'Photo: David Davies/PA Wire. EMN-150311-155929001

A 10-year-old from Wittering had the experience of a lifetime when she walked out with New Zealand captain Richie McCaw ahead of the Rugby World Cup final.

Brooke Fleming said she “couldn’t stop smiling” during the pre-match rituals as she stood on the Twickenham pitch as the All Blacks’ mascot.

The Copthill School pupil was given the honour after winning a competition at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Brooke travelled to London on Saturday with her mother Tamsin and grandad Nick. She had a busy day, doing interviews with CBBC, being driven around in a Land Rover by former All Black Brad Thorn and having a delicious pizza. But the highlight was when it came to the match.

She said: “The best bit of the day was when Richie McCaw came and held my hand.

“In the tunnel I could hear all of the players’ feet tapping and them all breathing. When they were singing it was very loud and I couldn’t stop smiling.

“The fireworks made the sky go pink and I was glad that New Zealand won.”

The day was even more special for Brooke and her family as great grandad Peter Brooke played at Twickenham for England in 1930.

Mascot for the Rugby World Cup final Brooke Fleming (10) pictured at RAF Wittering. Copy pic of her great grandfather meeting King George V while playing for England EMN-151025-195426009
Mascot for the Rugby World Cup final Brooke Fleming (10) pictured at RAF Wittering. Copy pic of her great grandfather meeting King George V while playing for England EMN-151025-195426009


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