IT was an emotional experience for James Jagot when he walked out to play in a recent City/Country clash in Sydney.
The game started with a minute’s silence for his late mother, on her birthday.
But the 15-year-old did not let his emotions or his nerves get to him and was rewarded at the end of the game with selection in the Junior Waratahs squad.
Jagot was one of eight players from Country, including some others from the Illawarra to be named in the Waratahs squad, which will go into camp next month.
They will have their first training session and a jersey presentation in Sydney on September 8, before travelling to Canberra to play their first game against the ACT Brumbies.
Then they will face either the Queensland Reds or the Melbourne Rebels later on, but in the middle of it all, Jagot will head to New Zealand with NSW Country.
This will be his second trip to play in New Zealand and he said he is very keen to get across the ditch.
“It was a bit nerve racking last time,” he said.
“We went down to Queenstown and a few of the boys from the other team said they had the best player in New Zealand and he was my opposing number.
“But when we got out there, I got into the flow of it pretty quickly and they weren’t actually that much bigger than us.”
He has already had the experience of facing up to the haka from his last visit and he said he is not too intimidated by it and just takes it on the chin.
James plays at either blindside flanker or lock in rugby union, while he also plays league for Sussex Inlet, either in the centres or the front row.
He enjoys playing both codes and is eyeing selection for the Steelers in the Harold Matthews Cup next year.
As far as rugby union goes, he is looking at boarding schools in Sydney to help further his career and is hoping to play Australian Schoolboys in the future.
Whatever happens he will just take it as it comes.
James said he wants to thank his family for all he has achieved, especially his mother who was always his biggest supporter.