THE PLAYERS: The Bundaberg players selected to be a mascot. Ezekiel Mountford (left), Robert Grey, Kingsley Grey, Kieran Smith, William Bagnall, Mitchell McCallum, Deborah Edwards, Ava Moran, Cobi Smith, Noah Lynch, Jakob Conroy, Clancy Messitt, Dean Beatson, Matthew Joyce, Tully Dorgan. Missing - Ben Wilson, Sophie Wilson, Mack McPherson, Jarryd Brady, Dehan Pretorius, Sam Chandler, Tallen Gunn, Lucas Redpath.
THE PLAYERS: The Bundaberg players selected to be a mascot. Ezekiel Mountford (left), Robert Grey, Kingsley Grey, Kieran Smith, William Bagnall, Mitchell McCallum, Deborah Edwards, Ava Moran, Cobi Smith, Noah Lynch, Jakob Conroy, Clancy Messitt, Dean Beatson, Matthew Joyce, Tully Dorgan. Missing - Ben Wilson, Sophie Wilson, Mack McPherson, Jarryd Brady, Dehan Pretorius, Sam Chandler, Tallen Gunn, Lucas Redpath. Jeff Messitt

Mascots will put region on map

UNION: Meet the juniors about to be involved in a trip of a lifetime.

Bundaberg will have 19 juniors this weekend travel to Suncorp Stadium to be mascots to either the Australian or Ireland team when the sides clash.

The juniors, with three from Hervey Bay and one from Brisbane joining them, will walk with the test players out of the tunnel before being mascots when the anthems are sung.

They will then get to watch the game and get autographs from the players after the match.

The players' names will also be included in the official match day programme with some of them getting on television as well.

"This is huge, it's the biggest thing to happen to our juniors,” Bundaberg & District Junior Rugby Union president Jeff Messitt said.

"We've had players form a guard of honour for the Queensland Reds against the Highlanders a couple of years ago but nothing like this.”

Messitt said the experience was organised by former Australian great David Campese after his visit to the region earlier this year.

He hoped the event can not only be a great one for the juniors, but also help the sport out as well in Bundaberg.

"We just like the exposure, we struggle to compete with other sports and our numbers are falling,” Messitt said.

"We hope to increase players' numbers from it.”

The juniors on the day will be dressed in a The Waves jersey with Pacific Gold Macadamias sponsoring the event.

The game starts at 8pm.