By Gareth Jones, Date: 1/11/13
Jordan James is hoping that a passionate home crowd can help spur Wales on to victory against the USA in Wrexham on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).
Iestyn Harris and his squad travel to the Racecourse Ground looking to bounce back following their Rugby League World Cup 2013 opening loss to Italy at the Millennium Stadium.
Sunday’s game is a must win for Wales, especially after USA triumphed over the Cook Islands in their Rugby League World Cup debut on Wednesday.
James is no stranger to the Racecourse Ground, having played there with the Crusaders between 2010-11, and with the game heading for a sell-out, James has urged the crowd to make plenty of noise in Wrexham.
“It’s always nice to play here in Wrexham,” he said.
“I had some good times here with the Crusaders – the fans are very loyal and passionate and they make a lot of noise, which is great from a player’s perspective. I’m looking forward to running out onto the Racecourse field once again and hopefully we can put on a show for them.
“Home support can play a massive part in the USA match. When you’re down and out and you hear people singing and cheering it really gives the players a lift. Nothing beats hearing thousands of people signing the Welsh national anthem and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of a passionate home crowd here in Wrexham.”
The Tomahawks travel to Wrexham in confident mood following their historic win over the Cook Islands, with a squad bolstered with the likes of NRL stars Clint Newton and Wednesday night’s man of the match Joseph Paulo.
And James, who will ply his trade with the Gloucestershire All Golds next season, is expecting a tough, physical contest against the World Cup newcomers.
He added: “The Tomahawks have got a few experienced NRL players in their squad and they will be big and strong. They’re a country that excels when it comes to sport so they are going to come here fired up and looking to win. We’ve got to make sure we’re well prepared and match them physically.
“We’ve got a relatively young squad but the guys know each other pretty well. We’ve been together as a unit for four or five years now and we have a strong bond as a team.”
Tickets for the Wales vs. USA game are available online at http://www.rlwc2013.com/tickets, in person at the Glyndwr University box-office or by calling the Rugby League World Cup ticket hotline on 0844 847 2013.