Rugby star drops in to Knox with George

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Arbroath pensioner George Robertson admitted he had to pinch himself in amazement after taking in Saturday’s 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup, SSE surprised a number of their reward customers with special rugby-based prizes as proud co-sponsors of the tournament.

That led to 78-year-old George watching the clash between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham, at Knox Church alongside Wales and British & Irish Lions star Leigh Halfpenny at an SSE Rugby House Party. They shared lasagne and spoke all things rugby, with Halfpenny filling George and the other guests in with tales from his playing days. George, a retired engineer, said the day had been an “unforgettable” experience. He said: “It was exciting to see Leigh come to my local church and it was a great experience to watch the final with him.

“I picked up the phone a little while ago and I thought it was a cold call and my wife was telling me to put it down, but then they told me what I had won and I was over the moon. I am not a huge rugby fan, but when the internationals come around I do get really into it and it was great to be able to pick Leigh’s brain about a few things. If only Scotland had been in the final, that would have made the whole day perfect, but it was still great to watch the game with Leigh.”

Injury prevented Halfpenny starring during the tournament, but he was delighted to have watched the final in George’s company.

He said: “To come to Arbroath, a place I have never been before, and watch the Rugby World Cup final with some fans was a great experience. All the people in attendance were into their rugby and there was about 20 people all watching the game and it was great to meet them.”