Rugby World Cup: Wales handed boost after fans queue to watch training, says Ryan Jones

Former captain Ryan Jones considers the Wales squad have now been given”a massive elevator” ahead of the Rugby World Cup, following 15,000 people queued to watch their open training session at Kitakyushu.
Wales are based in the southern Japanese town, which won’t host any matches during the tournament, also arrived at the arena where they are training to some rendition of the Welsh national anthem from sailors.
The team of warren Gatland get their tournament under way on Monday, September 23 from Georgia, also Grand Slam winner Jones claims will benefit the players.
“I have never experienced anything like this in my career. It is astonishing and it has been very emotional,” said Jones, who played for Wales in 2004-2014.
“It has been like hosting a celebration. We got up this morning and we were saying’oh, I hope folks will turn up and it goes well now’.
“Then to see the queues and then to see the gamers’ faces when they came out, it was just magical.
“It has exceeded all our expectations. It is great since the men are to get an adventure like this brings it home how it really is, and just one week from our game.
“It will give the players a huge lift. The dream was supposed to turn the town reddish and we have done this.”
Jones, who helped construct connections between the Welsh Rugby Union and Kitakyushu, added:”When you look back to things on your career, setting this was magnificent.
“Viewing the players when they arrived at the welcome party the other night, and watching their faces here, they didn’t comprehend it.
“They have never seen anything like that and they’ll remember it forever. I know we’ll return and long may it continue.”

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