The people of Wrexham are being encouraged to show their patriotic side and help inspire Wales to glory at the Rugby league World Cup 2013.
The #GetBehindWales campaign was launched in Wrexham earlier today, with the help of members of the Wales squad, local businesses, schoolchildren and fans. The campaign has been launched one month ahead of the Racecourse Ground hosting the RLWC2013 match between Wales and USA on Sunday November 3rd.
A number of big names have already shown their support, including Wrexham’s double Olympic Gold Medallist Tom James and Wales captain Jordan James.
Gymnastics superstar Beth Tweddle and North Wales Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths have also shown their support by appearing in the #GetBehindWales video.
Wales captain Jordan James said: “I enjoyed my time in Wrexham when I played for the Crusaders and I want the whole town to #GetBehindWales for the Rugby League World Cup 2013. A passionate home crowd at the Racecourse will give the boys a massive lift when we play the USA on Sunday 3rd November and hopefully, we’ll be back in Wrexham for the Quarter final on Saturday 16th November.
“During my time in Wrexham, people always talked about wanting to see more international sport coming to the town. They’re very passionate when it comes to their sport and the whole squad are looking forward to staying in Wrexham during the tournament.”
Wrexham will host two matches at the Rugby League World Cup 2013. As well as Wales Group match against USA, the Racecourse will also be the setting for the Quarter Final between the winners of Group A & Group D on Saturday November 16.
Providing Wales top Group D, Wrexham could be the stage for a mouth-watering clash against either England or Australia.
Cllr Neil Rogers, Leader of Wrexham Council said: “We’re very excited to play our part in what is the global sporting event of 2013. We saw from London 2012 that home support makes a massive difference and the Wales squad will be guaranteed a warm welcome during their time in Wrexham.
“With the Wales vs. USA game now just a month away, there’s a lot of buzz starting to build around the town. We’re a rugby mad nation and the whole of Wrexham is right behind Iestyn Harris and his squad. I’m getting behind Wales and I wish the team every success during the tournament.”
Wrexham’s double Olympic Gold Medalist Tom James has also thrown his backing behind the campaign.
“Wrexham has seen big events in the past and the town has shown it is more than capable of hosting major events such as Rugby League World Cup 2013,” he said.
“The more big events that come our way, the better and I hope this sets precedence for more major sporting occasions coming Wrexham’s way.
“It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to watch world-class sport on your doorstep so I hope the people of Wrexham really get behind the Rugby League World Cup 2013.” Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham added:
“The people of Wrexham have really taken Rugby League to their heart and it’s a really exciting time for the area. People are taking about the town hosting two games and it is great news for the Racecourse Stadium.”
Below is the video showing just some of the people in Wrexham who are showing their support for the Rugby World League Cup. Keep an eye out for a hyper local news website who make an appearance in the video as well!
You can get involved and show your support by using the hashtag #GetBehindWales on Twitter, by downloading and printing posters from www.wrexham.gov.uk, or by sending their own #GetBehindWales video to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for both games at The Racecourse are available online at www.rlwc2013.com/tickets (external link), in person at the Glyndwr University box-office or by calling the Rugby League World Cup ticket hotline on 0844 847 2013. You can enjoy both games for as little as £15.