Robertshaw ready for mini show

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 March, 2006, 12:00am

Michael Robertshaw has helped co-ordinate mini rugby at the Sevens for the past six years. This is the first year he is heading the programme. 'There will be 1,600 kids playing at the minis, which takes place before the Sevens each day,' he said.

It is also tradition for the little players to lead the march past at the beginning of the Sevens.

'The funniest thing is the look on the kids' faces the moment it hits them that thousands of people are watching them. They become very quiet and timid,' Robertshaw (pictured) said.

'And the crowds like to bring promotional items to the stadium and throw them on the pitch during the march past. It's a hassle trying to keep the kids from running after the souvenirs, because they could run into the band or get trod on.'