10th November 2011, 07:31
Wrexham children enjoy Wales training session
A Wales Rugby League training session was enjoyed by three local...
A Wales Rugby League training session was enjoyed by three local Wrexham schools on Wednesday as over 70 children watched their heroes prepare for the biggest test of their lives.
The Welsh side take on Australia at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium this Sunday in their final match of this year's Gillette Four Nations competition (kick-off 5.45pm) and Matt Pritchard, the North Wales Development Officer for Wales Rugby League, has thanked the players for taking time out for the local youngsters.
"It was a really nice gesture by Iestyn Harris and the players to allow the children to come and watch the players training," he said. "They all enjoyed meeting Welsh international players like Lee Briers, Jordan James, Ben Flower and all the others, and all the players took a lot of time out after their training session to meet them, have photos taken with them and sign autographs. I could tell how much it meant to the youngsters."
Wales centre Lee Williams (pictured second right) said: "I think they enjoyed themselves. They watched about half of our training session then we stayed back and signed autographs for them - I think every kid had a few autographs in the end so they were really happy. It was good for us to have the support too and a lot of them said that they were going to come to the game on Sunday."
Williams is hoping for his first appearance of the tournament on Sunday when the Kangaroos come to Wrexham.
"I'm just doing the best I can to try and get selected," said the 22-year old who hails from Aberdare. "If Iestyn picks me then he picks me, if not then I know that I've done my best. It's been a great experience to have been involved in the Four Nations with the best players in the world. If I don't play, of course I'll be disappointed, but the main thing is that I'll be there to support the boys who are playing."
Tickets for Wales v Australia at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium in Wrexham on Sunday 13th November (kick-off 5.45pm) are still available, priced £10 adults and £5 concessions. Tickets can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.