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First Mastercard local legend selected for trip to Rugby World Cup 2019

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Aucklander, Toby Fletcher, got the surprise of his life at rugby today when he was announced as the first Mastercard Local Legend going to Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. The eleven-year-old North Harbour Marist Rugby Club player was presented with his prize by another local legend, Richie McCaw.

Mastercard, a worldwide partner of Rugby World Cup 2019, launched the Local Legend New Zealand competition in June, giving two Mastercard cardholders who tap their card a chance to win a trip to Rugby World Cup 2019. Justin O’Sullivan tapped his Mastercard at New World Long Bay a few weeks ago and nominated North Harbour Marist to pick a local legend to send to the tournament.

A keen Highlanders supporter, Toby is the first to put his hand up when it comes to helping to team, getting behind the BBQ or whipping up a sign for fundraising efforts.

"I can’t believe that I get to go to Japan! It was such a surprise to win and meet Richie, and now going to see New Zealand v South Africa with dad, I’m so excited," says Toby.

Richie McCaw says the passion shown by players at Marist North Harbour Rugby today reminds him what grass roots rugby is all about.

"Rugby brings so many people together and it is great to see so many people turn up to support the next generation of talent every Saturday morning on the side lines," says McCaw.

Mastercard New Zealand Country Manager, Ruth Riviere says the campaign is about celebrating the grass roots rugby clubs, parents and volunteers developing New Zealand’s next generation of rugby legends.

"The excitement on Toby’s face when he found out he was going to Japan was simply unforgettable. It’s an absolute privilege to offer this opportunity of a lifetime to a young New Zealander," says Ms Riviere.

Andrew Smith, Coach of the J2 Vipers at North Harbour Marist Rugby Club says that the club was over the moon to find out they had the opportunity to send one of their players to Rugby World Cup 2019 thanks to Mastercard and Justin.

"Toby is highly regarded by his team and members of the club. He’s one of our most enthusiastic players and gives 100% on the pitch during every game, and is always willing to help his Marist family out no matter what is required. These are just some of the qualities that make him our Local Legend."

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