Max wins experience with Wallabies
PATRICK Lambie will be part of the South African rugby union team this Saturday night when they confront the Wallabies in Sydney.
But Australia will have its own Lambie – although he will be taking the field for only a short time.
Lennox Head’s Max Lambie has won a competition through the Australian Rugby Union that will see him in the changerooms with the team before kick-off, be part of their warm-up and then lead the Wallabies out on to Stadium Australia.
The nine-year-old was so excited when he found out he won the competition that he let his emotions get the better of him.
“I cried,” Max told The Northern Star.
“I’m not allowed to get signatures but I can talk (to the players).
"I don’t know what I’ll ask them, maybe how to get fit and stuff.”
Making sure the ARU knew he was a bona fide Wallaby fan was also important, according to Max’s mother Lina.
“When we found out Patrick Lambie was selected in the Springboks squad Max made me phone the ARU to let them know that Max would be going for the Wallabies and that he (Patrick) was no relation,” she laughed.
Actually it was Max’s mother who put him in the ARU competition, even though the Emmanuel Anglican School pupil is now playing soccer at the weekends and not the game they plan in heaven.
“We got earlybird tickets to the Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane and we put in for the competition for Max because it is also on his birthday,” Mrs Lambie said.
“But because he was from NSW he actually won the Sydney Test.”
While Max is playing the round ball game this season, he is also a keen rugby player with his school and his older brother Josh and father Angus are involved with the Lennox Head Rugby Club.
Indeed, rugby runs deep in the Lambie family – Max’s great grandfather, Lindsay Lambie, played for Scotland as a flanker.
Max will now experience what his great grandfather would have experienced when he ran out for a Test at Murrayfield.
“It will be good to see the crowd from a different perspective,” he said.
“I’m not nervous, I’m just very happy.”