Players from Wrexham FC and North Wales Crusaders have joined forces to support the Rugby League World Cup 2013.
Reds’ star Joe Clarke swapped his familiar round ball for the oval kind to join Crusaders and Wales international Christiaan Roets as excitement builds ahead of Wrexham hosting two matches at the competition.
On Sunday November 3, the historic Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium will host the Group match between Wales and USA, with the stadium also hosting a Quarter Final match between the winners of Group A and Group D on Saturday November 16th.
Wrexham will also be the training base for Wales as they bid to lift the trophy for the first time.
Wrexham FC midfielder Clarke, voted the Blue Square Premier Player of the Month for January, took time out of his team’s promotion push to talk about his admiration for Rugby League.
“Rugby League is a great sport,” he said. “I always catch it on TV and I have a lot of admiration for the players. Rugby League is a fast-paced and physical game – what they put their bodies through every week is nothing short of incredible. You’ve got to have some serious bottle to play Rugby League.
“The fans here in Wrexham are second to none and I have no doubt that they will really get behind the Rugby League World Cup. The following we get here at the football is unbelievable and I’m sure the whole town will turn up and pack the Racecourse out. The people here love their sport and I’m sure the atmosphere here for the Wales game will be incredible.”
One man hoping to add to his eight Wales caps at the Rugby League World Cup is North Wales Crusaders centre Christiaan Roets. Roets says fans can expect an entertaining encounter when the USA visits the Racecourse Ground on November 3rd. He said “I am really excited for the Rugby League World Cup. We’ve got some very good players and importantly, some real depth in the Wales squad. There’s a lot of competition for places but it would be a real honour to represent Wales at the World Cup”
“The USA game here in Wrexham will be massive. They’re a nation that excels at sport so they will want to come here and give it their all. They are a very physical and direct side which should make for a very entertaining game.”
“I hope the fans will turn out here in Wrexham for the Rugby League World Cup. The people here are really passionate about their rugby and it always gives the team a massive lift when you hear them singing and chanting.”
A global audience will be watching Wrexham throughout the Rugby League World Cup, with the tournament being broadcast to millions in over 120 countries world wide.
Tickets for both matches in Wrexham are available online at www.rlwc2013.com or by calling RLWC2013 Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.