Haywards Heath woman in official England Rugby campaign

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A Haywards Heath woman has spoken of her honour at being chosen as one of 100 rugby fans to lead O2’s official rugby support campaign.

Sara Johnson, 37, who has been an avid England Rugby fan since she was 13, was selected by O2 to be part of its 100-strong ‘Rose Army’ working to raise support for the squad through its official ‘Wear the Rose’ campaign.

“It was quite an honour to be chosen,” Sara said. “It has been an amazing experience.

“We know the England team have been reading what we are doing. O2 has also been projecting people’s messages of support on the roof of the O2 so I’ve had a few of my messages up there which was amazing.”

Sara has been treated to trips such as the England v France game in Paris and the ‘Wear the Rose Live’ concert with Take That at the O2.

She also joined a host of celebrities including Take That, and Chris Moyles, sending good luck messages in a video played to the squad before their big game on Saturday (October 3).

She watched the defeat against Australia at Savannah’s, in the Broadway.

“I was gutted,” She said. “It is disappointing but the players played with passion and pride. No one will be more disappointed than the players themselves. I’m still going to be behind them.

“I’ve often wondered if shouting in the crowd makes a difference...it isn’t just about us, it’s about the whole of England getting behind the team.”