A SCHOOLBOY is getting ready to rub shoulders with Scotland’s rugby stars.

Match mascot Theo Foster will run out alongside the Scotland team this weekend against Ireland in the second round of fixtures in the Six Nations.

The youngster, who is in P7 at Dunbar Primary School, will be joined at Murrayfield Stadium by his mum Victoria and dad Andy.

His dad, who is a support worker, told the Courier: “Theo is absolutely buzzing.

“We have had to scrape him off the ceiling and mum and dad are both excited as well.

“My nephew Taylor Wilson, who is a great player, plays for Scotland Reds (the development squad for Scotland’s under-18 squad) and is going to the match as well.

“On the day, we have got to be there for 1pm and we meet the ladies that co-ordinate the mascots.

“There will be great fun and they get to meet the players.

“Obviously, they hold the players’ hands and I have told Theo he needs to try to get [Scotland captain] Greig Laidlaw’s hand.

“They walk out onto the pitch, they run out, and he gets a Scotland tracksuit and top.

“They will stand there for the national anthems giving it laldly before sitting with us in complimentary seats.

“After the final whistle, he will get autographs from the Scotland players and maybe the Irish players.”

Theo has been playing rugby since he was in P3 after linking up with Dunbar RFC’s youth system.

The budding scrum-half, who lives in Dunbar, was part of the team that won the P7 1872 Cup, with the final played at Murrayfield during the clash between Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors during the festive period.

His dad said that the 11-year-old had tried his hand at football, karate, taekwondo and golf but found a real love for rugby.

The names of youngsters at Dunbar RFC were put into a hat and it was Theo who had the luck as his name was pulled out in draw to find a mascot.

David Wilson, chairman of the club, wished the family well for the match, which kicks off at 2.15pm on Saturday.

He said: “It is really good, it is a cracking thing.

“I know the last kid that did it thought it was really good.”