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Sam had a ball with the Wallabies

THANK YOU BALL BOY: Sam Carroll, in the Redmen shirt, sings the National Anthem with the Wallabies just before Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup game. Photo: AAP Paul Miller.
THANK YOU BALL BOY: Sam Carroll, in the Redmen shirt, sings the National Anthem with the Wallabies just before Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup game. Photo: AAP Paul Miller. AAP Paul Miller

THE thrills are not over for 10-year-old Grafton boy Sam Carroll, following his centre-stage role in the Bledisloe Cup drama on Saturday night.

Sam, who has a rare form of cancer, was the Junior Wallaby picked to carry the match ball onto the ground for the game between the Wallabies and All Blacks at ANZ Stadium.

Sam will be checking every day for the next fortnight waiting for a package from the ARU containing his autographed match ball.

His proud mum, Angela Carroll, said the ARU will deliver the ball, carrying the autographs of Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper and All Blacks legend Richie McCaw, in the next two weeks.

Angela said Sam has still not come down from the high of the experience.

"It was lovely," Angela said. "He got a high five from Izzy (Israel Folau) and had a chat with Michael Hooper just before they sang the anthem.

"When he came back to sit with us I asked him what they talked about. He said 'I can't remember'.

"Later he said he remembered Hooper asking him how he felt and where he was from."

Angela said it was mind blowing to see her son carry the game ball onto the ground while waving to the massive crowd in the stadium.

"We thought that was all he had to do, but then we saw him come out and stand with the players for the National Anthem. That was mind blowing."

Topics:  anz stadium, bledisloe cup, grafton, grafton redmen, michael hooper, rugby union, sam carroll, wallabies




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