Newport junior rugby union team gives luck to the Irish

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Power House Junior Rugby Union Football Club’s U8s and U7s boys and girls teams were selected by Rugby Victoria to run out as mascots in the international test between the Wallabies and Ireland at AAMI Park on the weekend.

They might have had their hearts set on running out with the Wallabies, but the toss of a coin decided the Power House juniors would run out with Ireland, which might have given the Irish all the luck they needed for their first win in 39 years.

“The excitement in their eyes as one by one they grabbed an Irish players hand was stirring to witness. Our kids felt like winners being a part of history,” a club spokesperson said.

Families from the Newport club entered their children into a Facebook competition launched by Rugby Victoria, not expecting to win, but the club was lucky enough to be chosen for what Power House President Jason Andrew described as being an honour and a privilege.

The internationally diverse club watched 23 of their young players run onto the ground, making their families proud in Australia, as well as New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, England, Wales, Scotland, South Africa, Argentina and Ireland.

Power House Junior Rugby Union Football Club is a local community club based at Lofts Reserve in Newport, with over 100 players playing across Melbourne every weekend. You can learn more about the club at their website.

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