OMAGH rugby superfan Emily Irwin is heading to Japan, bound for the Rugby World Cup after winning an online competition to deliver the match ball at Ireland’s opening game.
Emily submitted a rap dedicated to the Ireland squad to the DHL competition, and received the shock of her life when a courier van arrived at her school – Omagh County Primary – back in May to deliver the amazing news she had won.
Fast forward a few quick months and the time has finally arrived for the Omagh Accies star to take centre stage at the Yokohama International Stadium.
“It’s gone really fast and now it’s time to go. I’m really excited to go on to the pitch and meet all the rugby players,” said Emily.
“Jacob Stockdale is my favourite player because he runs fast and scores tries down the wing like me.”
The lucky nine-year-old will be accompanied by mum Wendy as part of the competition prize, but dad George and brother Oliver couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join them on this once in a lifetime trip so they have also booked flights to go.
The Irwins will head off to Japan, flying from Dublin to Dubai and then on to Tokyo for their short four day trip. Arriving tomorrow evening, the family are hoping to catch some of the opening ceremony and on Saturday plan to take in some of the Tokyo sights which Emily is “really excited” about.
And then on Sunday, Emily and Wendy will be brought by DHL to Yokohama stadium for a practice run ahead of Emily’s big match debut that night.
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Emily at the Ireland v Scotland match this Sunday at 8.45am.