A DREAM came true for a Selkirk primary school pupil last week.
Not only did she get to meet her rugby hero, but 11-year-old Natalie Beattie-Forsyth also witnessed her national team edge a victory over the Irish.
The P7 Knowepark student appeared as a mascot for the Scotland v Ireland World Cup warm-up match at Murrayfield last Saturday.
Natalie appeared in the new gold-trimmed Scotland strip worn by the Scotland team for the first time, which was given to her by Scottish Rugby to wear and keep.
Her day began with photographs and rehearsals on the famous Murrayfield pitch, meeting squad players for a question-and-answer session before she took her place on the field in front of a 30,000 crowd and many thousands more watching on TV.
Natalie lined up in front of the Scotland team for the national anthem in front of the 6’ 10” lock forward Ritchie Gray and sang Flower of Scotland.
Accompanied by her parents and grandparents, she watched the game from the Murrayfield stands and witnessed her favourite player, Gala’s own Chris Paterson, score a penalty before Joe Ansbro won the game for Scotland with a late try.
After the game, Natalie met members of the full squad and received their autographs on her rugby ball.
She also had her photo taken with Chris Paterson, Kelly Brown, Alastair Kellock and Scotland’s man-of-the-match Geoff Cross amongst others.
Natalie said: “I predicted in the match programme that I would be Scotland’s lucky mascot, and I was.”
She is keen to return to Murrayfield to watch Scotland again and will eagerly monitor their progress in the World Cup in New Zealand.