RUGBY fans in the region are eagerly anticipating a positive start as Wales prepare to defend their Six Nations crown.
Leader reporters hit the streets to speak to fans ahead of Wales’ opening showdown with Italy tomorrow.
Welsh supporters are confident Warren Gatland’s men can see off the Italians and go on to win the trophy for the third year in a row.
They are also hoping their team can add to their current tally of 11 Grand Slams in the process, which would draw them level with neighbours England who face France in their opening Six Nations match tomorrow.
Andrew Morgan, 19, from Treuddyn, said: “I always look forward to the Wales games.
“I think we have got a great chance of winning on Saturday.
“I know we are going to put up a great fight.”
Bryn Roberts, 38, of Caerwys, said he has been looking forward to Wales’ opening game for a long time.
“I will be in the Royal Oak in Caerwys on Saturday for the game,” he said.
“I have been looking forward to this game for weeks and weeks.”
Steve Croman, 61, of Holywell, said he “fancies Wales’ chances” during the opening showdown with Italy.
“I will be working on Saturday but I will be recording the game,” he said.
“My plan is not to find out the score and watch it when I get home. I look forward to the Six Nations every year.
“Saturday’s game is more exciting and more significant with it being the opening game.”
Massive rugby fan Lee Cahill, 73, from Dublin, was visiting his sister in Mold.
He said he is looking forward to the start of the Six Nations – but said the game he is eagerly anticipating is Wales’ visit to Dublin to face Ireland later in the series.
“Wales against Ireland should be a showdown,” he said. “We have got a few things to settle with Wales.”
In Wrexham, everyone the Leader spoke to was backing Wales to retain the Six Nations trophy.
Owain Jones, 17, from Wrexham said: “I’m feeling confident. I think we can do the Grand Slam. I’m going to watch it at the Stiwt in Rhos on the big screen.”
Peter Evans, 31, from Wrexham said: “I just hope we can win it.
Put it this way, they do better in the rugby than we do in the football. I’ll be watching it in the pub.”
Nicola WIlliams, 51, from Wrexham said: “I think Wales can definitely win it.
“I’ll be watching it in Lloyds.”
Dan Tennant, president of Chester Rugby Club, said: “We are playing Leicester Lions on the weekend, kick-off at 3pm, and then the England versus France game is on straight after at 5pm.
“Wales versus Italy is on earlier in the afternoon so people who want to watch that will stay in the bar area and watch it on the big screen. We are expecting the club house to be pretty busy and have a good atmosphere.
“We are hoping to bounce back with a win for Chester after two defeats.”