JACKSON Wray’s mum Diane Moore will be faced with divided loyalties at the Heineken Cup final tomorrow.
Diane’s son will be part of the Saracens squad gunning for glory in what she describes as the pinnacle of his career so far at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
But lining up for their opponents Toulon will be the legendary Jonny Wilkinson.
And Diane remains a huge fan of England’s World Cup winning fly half who is set to retire at the end of the season.
“Jonny is my favourite ever player so I’m going to be cheering for him as well as Jackson,” laughed the Hadleigh based Diane.
“Obviously I’ll be cheering a bit louder for Jackson but I’m already the proud owner of a signed rugby ball from Jonny and I’ve told Jackson to try and get his shirt at the end of the game as well.”
Former King John School pupil Jackson will start the showdown on the bench but has been a key member of the Saracens’ side this term.
The 23-year-old back row has featured regularly throughout the season and recently scored his first ever hat-trick in a 44-20 win against Worcester Warriors.
The fine form helped Saracens finish top of the Premiership standings but it will be this weekend’s European showdown that Diane believes will be Jackson’s biggest match yet.
“I think you would have to say that the Heineken Cup final will be the pinnacle of Jackson’s career so far,” said Diane.
“He’s played for England at a few age groups and I went out to Argentina to watch him in the Junior World Cup which was fantastic.
“But this is even better I think and there are plenty of family members going up to watch him.
“We’ll all get together to cheer him on and believe it or not I’m actually quite composed about watching him and don’t worry about the tackles he’s having to make.”
Jackson will again be looking to impress this weekend but did not start playing the sport until he joined Westcliff Rugby Club at the age of 14.
From there he was selected for Essex and, while on duty for his county, he was scouted by Saracens.
Jackson worked his way through the club’s academy.
But Diane has not been shocked by his progress.
“Nothing Jackson achieves surprises me anymore because I know the ability he has and how hard he works as well,” she said.
“He also has the Premiership final against Northampton at Twickenham the weekend after so it’s a huge couple of weeks for him and the team.”