Wrexham gripped by rugby fever ahead of Crusaders debut at the Racecourse

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher

EXCITEMENT is building as Wrexham gets set to welcome Super League’s Crusaders to The Racecourse tonight.

Thousands of fans are set to descend on the stadium as Crusaders kicks off their season by entertaining reigning league champions Leeds Rhinos.

It’s expected many of those at the game will not have seen rugby league before, and on the streets of Wrexham even those who were not big followers of the sport said they felt the arrival of the Crusaders was a positive thing for the town.

Leanne Rigby, 27, from Acrefair, said: “I’m not really into rugby generally but I have heard it’s coming to Wrexham which is positive.

“My little lad wants to go and I have always wanted to go so we might do in future.”
Ronnie Williams, 63, from Penycae, also believes it is a good move for Wrexham.

“I do watch a lot of rugby league and I would like to go and watch them,” he said.

“It’s good for the north and it’s good for the town.”

Daniel Roberts, 16, from Borras, is a huge fan of rugby and said: “I think it’s good they have moved to North Wales and I would like to go and see them.”

His friend, 16-year-old Nathan Jones from Maesydre, plays for the Wrexham and North Wales youth rugby team and he will be attending the game tonight and is looking forward to it.

“It will bring more publicity and more people will come to Wrexham,” he said.

Joanna Daly, 16, from Pentre Broughton is doing a placement at Tanyfron Primary School and says a representative from the Crusaders came to the school to speak about the game.

She said: “I think it’s a good thing coming to Wrexham and I would like to go and watch them.

“I prefer watching sports than playing and I think it will be good for The Racecourse.”

John Marsh from Coedpoeth said: “It will be a good thing for Wrexham and will make some money with the dual use of the pitch.”

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