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Culloden Academy pupil leads out Scotland at Rugby World Cup against Ireland

By Will Clark

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Alastair Grant led Scotland out in their match against Ireland.
Alastair Grant led Scotland out in their match against Ireland.

A young rugby fan from Inverness had a weekend he won’t ever forget after playing an important role during Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.

Alastair Grant led Scotland onto the pitch against Ireland in Saint-Denis as a defender of Tomorrow and mascot ahead of the two teams continuing their Rugby World Cup campaign on Saturday.

The inspiring youngster was awarded the role for his selfless hard work and commitment to perform for both his teammates and local rugby club at Highland.

The 12-year-old Culloden Academy pupil has been praised for his determination, selfless leadership and drive to score tries, innovate and win.

Alastair Grant with the Scotland team
Alastair Grant with the Scotland team

A young player who epitomises Scottish Rugby’s core values, as well as playing exciting and fast flowing rugby “The Highland Way” and Scottish Rugby’s “Blueprint to Change Our Game” – a true inspiration to those who follow behind him.

A total of 96 children have been chosen from around the world by Defender, Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2023, for their dedication to making a difference to local communities.

Each exceptional hero will lead the teams as they walk out onto the pitch throughout the tournament in France.

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