Green and gold news sends gran into spin
JEAN Shepherdson may not look like your average Wallabies supporter - but you would be hard pressed to find a more passionate fan now her grandson is set to make his debut for the team.
Guy Shepherdson has been selected for the run-on side in the lead-up to the Australian Rugby Union team's clash against Ireland in Perth on Saturday night.
She first knew of the exciting news while reading the NewsMail sports pages, and his call-up was further confirmed by national news reports on ABC Radio and a telephone conversation with her son and Guy's father, Matt.
"I called Matt to ask him about the news and he said he was trying to keep it a surprise for me and was going to call me this evening," Ms Shepherdson said.
Guy, who plays for the ACT Brumbies, was selected as a prop for the team after an ankle injury ruled out team incumbent Rodney Blake.
While Guy's parents Matt and Kerry travel across the country and the world to see their son play, Ms Shepherdson has not yet seen a live game.
However, she is still a keen supporter and follows his games on television or on the radio when she can and hopes to watch tomorrow night's game.
"If they broadcast it, I will be watching it," Ms Shepherdson said.
"I don't think many of the other people will be, they go to bed early, but I don't."
Although she said she does not know all the rules, she "knows what a try is and what a penalty is," and knows why he has been chosen for the team.
"He is a prop, so he's not there to score tries, but for the scrums," she said.
Ms Shepherdson is justifiably proud of her grandson's achievement and said "he is definitely living a dream".
She does have one reservation.
"I just pray every night that he doesn't get injured," she said.