WREXHAM played host to a slice of America yesterday as thousands of fans descended on the Racecourse for Wales Rugby League World Cup showdown with the USA.
There were Welsh dragon face paints and red and white on show as fans came out in their droves to cheer on the Welsh national side.
But equally impressive was the support from over the pond – with scores of stars and stripes-clad supporters backing the USA side, known as the Tomohawks.
More than 8,000 people filed into the Racecourse for the clash, which saw the USA run out shock winners by 24 points to 16.
The result – Wales’ second successive defeat in the competition – means the co-hosts are the first side to be eliminated.
Before the game both sets of fans were in high spirits, with some USA fans having made the long trip across the Atlantic, like Erin Morehead, who travelled to Wrexham from Texas for the match.
On Friday, two days before the big game, members from the Wales and USA squads were welcomed to Wrexham by the Mayor.
Mayor Cllr I. David Bithell was presented with a signed shirt by Wales Rugby League chairman Brian Juliff.
It will be auctioned off to raise money for Nightingale House Hospice and Hope House Hospice.