A PUPIL at Pawlett Primary School Academy had the experience of her life on Saturday when she walked out onto the pitch at Twickenham as a mascot for the England rugby team.
Ava, 9, was joined by other mascots including a grandson of England’s first black player and the son of England’s first ever black captain.
In a dramatic finale the match was won by England 27-26, but the game was also historic for its recognition of black players in the game.
England’s first black player, who made his debut in 1906, was Jimmy Peters, who also represented Somerset. It’s first black captain was Jason Robinson in 2004.
Peters was was a pioneer, but it was 80 years before a black player would wear the red rose again.
Rugby-loving Ava has played the sport at Burnham-on-sea RFC since she was six.
School Principal Emma Barker said: “Ava is an outstanding and enthusiastic pupil and our whole school community are super thrilled at her once in a lifetime experience.”