England visit a tonic for patient

Mosgiel teen Joshua Clydesdale holds court for a short time, as he is visited by members of the England rugby team (from left) Michael Paterson, Stephen Myler and Richard Wigglesworth on Saturday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Mosgiel teen Joshua Clydesdale holds court for a short time, as he is visited by members of the England rugby team (from left) Michael Paterson, Stephen Myler and Richard Wigglesworth on Saturday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
When Joshua Clydesdale was rushed to Dunedin Hospital early on Saturday, the last thing he expected to see during his visit was several players from the England rugby team.

The 15-year-old Taieri College pupil was admitted to the Children's Ward to receive treatment at the weekend.

Joshua said he was feeling quite poorly, even after a lot of attention from medical staff, but when English rugby players Richard Wigglesworth, Stephen Myler and Michael Paterson turned up at his bedside, the smile returned to his face.

''I didn't think my day would be like this when I woke up this morning.''

Despite being an avid rugby fan and All Blacks supporter, Joshua revelled in the prestigious sporting company.

To make the day even more memorable, Joshua was given one of the team's red and white T-shirts as a memento of the occasion.

''It's not the right colour, but it's pretty cool, them being here,'' he said, as he tried to put the T-shirt on, with his mother's help.

-john.lewis@odt.co.nz