11-year-old rugby fan to carry ball onto the pitch for Rugby World Cup game tonight

Ashley St John and son Robert
Ashley St John and son Robert

An 11-year-old rugby fan has won the chance to carry the ball onto the pitch ahead of the Rugby World Cup’s play-off for third place.

Robert St John will be carrying out the important role as Argentina take on South Africa at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tonight.

I can’t wait to see South Africa and Argentina battle for third place and meet all the famous players on the pitch

Robert St John

His dad, Ashley St John, won a national competition organised by his employers DHL, which is the official logistics partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, after demonstrating his commitment to grassroots rugby.

Ashley has played rugby throughout his life and when injuries prevented him from competing anymore, he threw himself into coaching and volunteering with his local club Rushden and Higham RUFC.

His wife and children are all huge rugby fans and Ashley was thrilled to nominate his son Robert for the role of carrying the match ball onto the pitch at the start of the game.

Looking ahead to his important role in the bronze final, Robert said: “I’m really excited to be delivering the official match ball to this match.

“I can’t wait to see South Africa and Argentina battle for third place and meet all the famous players on the pitch – it will be such an exciting day.”

The bronze final kicks-off at 8pm tonight (Friday) and is being shown on ITV1 from 7.30pm.