Rugby: Bute mascot’s memorable day at Murrayfield

Scotland rugby mascot Stewart Kennedy at his home at Edinbeg farm near Port Bannatyne.
Scotland rugby mascot Stewart Kennedy at his home at Edinbeg farm near Port Bannatyne.

Nine-year-old Stewart Kennedy, from Edinbeg farm near Port Bannatyne, found himself next to one of Scotland’s most famous players last Saturday as the national rugby team took to the Murrayfield turf for their Six Nations clash with France.

Stewart, who regularly attends training sessions organised by Bute Rugby Club, was one of 15 young players from across Scotland chosen as mascots for the match on March 8 - and found himself paired up with six-foot-nine-inch lock Richie Gray as the teams lined up in front of HRH the Princess Royal and a 67,500 crowd.

* Read about Stewart’s memorable Murrayfield experience in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 20.