University stadium to host rugby league championships
Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium will host the Rugby League European Championships.
Wales will take on Ireland at the Wrexham landmark on Sunday, November 2.
More than 3,000 people are expected to attend, and among the 22-man squad named by Dragons’ coach John Kear are North Wales Crusaders stars Rob Massam and Christiaan Roets.
A Glyndŵr sports undergraduate, Roets was the top the scorer for Wales when the stadium hosted last year’s Rugby League World Cup.
Glyndŵr University sports manager, Anna Marie Brown, says the arrival of the home nations for this illustrious event is another coup for the town.
“We are delighted to be welcoming back Wales and celebrating our first visit by Ireland to the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium for this prestigious tournament,” said Anna Marie.
“Not only is it a great coup for the university, it’s a boost to the town as well.
“After hosting two Rugby League World Cup matches last year we are proud to again welcome Wales to Wrexham and hope people from across the region come out in force to support them.”
Kear has picked from 14 clubs across four professional leagues, with players from both Super League and the Championship represented.
He said:“We’re naming an exciting squad for this tournament with many home grown Welsh players.This in itself indicates true progress for the game in Wales.
“I see the tournament very much as a marker for the development of Welsh players in the international scene.We have a few players missing for various reasons but this gives young players a chance to put their hand up to mix it in future years.”
North Wales Crusaders’ chief executive and WRL Board Member Jamie Thomas added:“Wrexham is the home of rugby league in North Wales so it’s only right that the game should be taking place here.
“We are delighted that two of our players have been selected for the Wales squad and wish them luck.I’m sure they will do us proud and contribute to a successful tournament.”
The match kicks off at 2.30pm.
For ticket details, visit http://www.sport.glyndwr.ac.uk/Events/TicketSales or call 01978 293275.
WALES SQUAD: Joe Burke, Dalton Grant (both Barrow Raiders), Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs), Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Garreth Carvell, Daniel Fleming (Castleford Tigers), Rhys Williams (Central Queensland Capras), Matty Barron (Gateshead Thunder), Izaak Duffy (Gloucestershire All Golds), Ollie Olds (Ipswich Jets, Australia), Jacob Emmitt (Leigh Centurions), Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets (both North Wales Crusaders), Yannic Parker (Oxford), Ashley Bateman, Phil Carleton, Paul Emanuelli, Connor Farrer, Kyle Scrivens, Jordan Sheridan (all South Wales Scorpions), Matty Fozard (St Helens), Peter Lupton (Workington Town).