Imagine his shock learning that the celebration was in honour of the 100th game he would be playing for the club that day (in which he later scored two tries).
“I got a big surprise,” Sebastian said.
“I had no idea it was for me. They also gave me a cake, a trophy and a ball signed by all the players plus a guard of honour onto the field.
“It was awesome.”
Mum Veronique explained that Sebastian had his first game at four years old after following in the footsteps of big brother Anthony. He also has sisters Loana, Gabriella and Annastasia who are involved in the ‘League in Harmony’ program for girls, and a younger brother Laurence who is also a long-term Rhino.
“Sebastian is a very enthusiastic player but for him, it’s all about teamwork and he knows that his team got him to this point,” she said.
“When my oldest son wanted to play, we looked around for a nice community club and found the Rhinos; we’ve moved out of the area now but I still bring the boys here three times a week while Dad Patrick ferries the girls to their sports.
“The boys wouldn’t want to go to any other club.”
While the Rhinos are fine for now, Sebastian does have his sights set on the future.
“I want to play for the Dragons one day … or the Bulldogs,” he said.